California Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

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.

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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

We will prepare and file your nonprofit articles of incorporation as follows:

Agency:California Secretary of State - Business Programs Division
Form:

The state provides Articles of Incorporation for a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation templates. There are four templates available:

  1. Form ARTS-MU: Articles of Incorporation - Mutual Benefit Corporation
  2. Form ARTS-PB-501(c)(3): Articles of Incorporation - Public Benefit Corporation
  3. Form ARTS-RE: Articles of Incorporation - Religious Corporation
  4. Form ARTS-RE: Articles of Incorporation - Common-Interest Development Corporation
Filing method:

Mail or in-person

Agency fee:

$30 by mail or $45 in-person + optional $250-$500 preclearance service + optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Turnaround:

Current state processing times or pay for preclearance and expedite services

Law:

California Corporations Code - Title 1: Corporations - Division 2: Nonprofit Corporation Law

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required


Why use our Articles of Incorporation service?

We're specialists in incorporation and compliance. We focus solely on corporate compliance, and the state-specific expertise to provide you best-in-industry service at a competitive rate.

A compliance specialists will work with you 1-on-1 to prepare and file your articles of incorporation. You can also rely on your specialist for other services to help you set up and maintain a compliant nonprofit such as obtaining 501(c) recognition and obtaining fundraising licenses.

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Other Helpful California Facts

As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to California. Your specialist will help you tailor nonprofit articles of incorporation to your state.


California Directors

  • Number: minimum 1
  • Qualifications: None. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: 1 year
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors
  • No director may vote by proxy

California Officers

  • A corporation shall have a chair of the board, who may be given the title chair of the board, chairperson of the board, chairman of the board, or chairwoman of the board, or a president or both, a secretary, a treasurer or a chief financial officer or both, and any other officers with any titles and duties as shall be stated in the bylaws.
  • Elected by the board
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual, except the president may not also serve as secretary or treasurer.

California Members

  • Members: optional
  • Regular meeting: required in each year where directors are to be elected
  • Quorum: 1/3rd votes

California Nonprofit
Articles of Incorporation Service

With our service, we actually prepare and file your articles of incorporation for you. You don't have to type your information into a long computerized questionnaire, making guesses along the way.

Your compliance specialist personally prepares your articles, answers your questions, and gets them approved by the state. Most articles are filed with the state in just 1 business day.

We charge a flat rate of $499 plus state fees. Unlike our competitors, we charge a fair price up-front - that means no hidden fees and no selling your information to third-parties.

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