Michigan Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Michigan 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:Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing - Corporations Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$20 + optional $50-1,000 expedite service

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) - Chapter 450: Corporations - Act 162 of 1982: Nonprofit Corporations Act

Notes:

Submit one original of this document. Upon filing, the document will be added to the records of the Corporations Bureau. The original will be returned to your registered office address, unless you specify otherwise.



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 Michigan Facts

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


Michigan Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: A corporation organized for purposes described in section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code of 1986 may include 1 or more directors on its board who are 16 or 17 years of age as long as that number does not exceed 1/2 the total number of directors required for a quorum for the transaction of business. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: next annual meeting and until successor elected and qualified
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 1 director

Michigan Officers

  • A president, a secretary, and a treasurer are required.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual. This person may sign instruments in only one capacity when the signatures of two officers are required.

Michigan Members

  • Members: optional. A corporation organized upon a nonstock basis shall be organized upon a membership basis (has members) or a directorship basis (may or may not have members).
  • Annual meeting: required with the exception of written consent
  • Quorum: majority of entitled 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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