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You should be able to complete the paperwork for 501(c)3 status in less than a year, but your application will be a bit more challenging because you're already in existence and you have to document what you've done in the past few (I don't remember the specific number) years. The key is to get some volunteers who will devote significant effort to the process. It also helps to have someone with at least a passing familiarity with the IRS and its procedures.

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