Sample Narrative
I am often asked for a sample "Narrative" for Part IV of the 501(c)(3) application (Form 1023).  As a public service, I am making a narrative I prepared for a peace organization available.  [This 501(c)(3) application was approved.]

    Sample narrative for a peace organization
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Prepare Your Own 501(c)(3) Application has seven pages of advice on writing your Part IV Narrative, including questions you should try to answer, suggestions for legal arguments, and an excerpt from the textbook used to train IRS agents handling 501(c)(3) applications.

Prepare Your Own also has a list of fifty-five websites (urls) where you can find examples of narratives from applications approved by the IRS.

Supplement for Environmental Organizations has four sample narratives:
  • Environmental Education Event
  • Stream Monitoring
  • Friends of Lake Generic
  • Environmental Contaminants Coalition

The Supplement for Animal Welfare Organizations has five sample narratives:

  • Cat Rescue
  • Wild Animal Rescue
  • In-Home Pet Care for Ill and Disabled
  • Exotic Pet Education
  • Off-Leash Dog Park Users
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