Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a California 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.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
|Agency:||California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division|
The state provides Articles of Incorporation for a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation templates. There are four templates available:
Mail, in-person or online.
$30 by mail or $45 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service
|Original Ink:||Not required|
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to California, keep in mind: