Arizona Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Arizona nonprofit corporation.

Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses, open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.

Benefits

Incorporating provides many important benefits:

  • Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
  • Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's name
  • Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
  • Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization

Fast Facts

Agency:Arizona Corporation Commission - Corporations Division
Form:

Articles of Incorporation - Nonprofit

Instructions:

Instructions C011i: Articles of Incorporation - Nonprofit Corporation

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$40 + optional $35 expedite fee

Turnaround:

See state-published current processing times (usually about two months). ~7-10 business days for $35 expedite fee.

Law:

ARS §10-3202

Notes:

A complete application package contains:

  • Form CFCVLR: Cover sheet
  • Form CF0041: Articles of Incorporation
  • Form C082: Director attachment, if applicable
  • Form C084: Incorporator attachment, if applicable
  • Form M002: Statutory Agent Acceptance
  • Form CF0001: Certificate of disclosure
  • Payment including optional expedite fee
Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful Arizona Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Arizona, keep in mind:


Arizona Directors

  • Number: minimum 1
  • Qualifications: An individual. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: 1 year
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 1 director

Arizona Officers

  • Defined in articles or bylaws. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings and authenticates records of the corporation.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

Arizona Members

  • Members: optional
  • Annual meeting: required
  • Quorum: 1/10th votes

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