Illinois Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Illinois 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:Illinois Secretary of State - Business Services Department
Form:

Form NFP 102.10: Articles of Incorporation

Filing method:

Mail, fax (only if you have a prepaid account), or online

Agency fee:

$50 by mail or $75 online

Turnaround:

~2 weeks by mail or fax. ~1-5 business days if you file online and pay the $100 expedite fee.

Law:

805 ILCS 105

Notes:
  • The purpose of the corporation must be selected among the 33 purposes listed in Section 103.05(a) of the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act.
  • You must file by paper to include additional provisions such as those required for 501(c) tax exemption.
  • When you file by mail you must submit the original articles with signatures in black ink and one copy.


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 Illinois Facts

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


Illinois Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: None. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: until next election
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors and directors must be the majority of membership, except for committees involved in electing directors

Illinois Officers

  • Defined in articles or bylaws. One officer certifies corporate records (e.g. the Secretary).
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual, if the bylaws so provide.

Illinois Members

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

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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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