Nevada Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Nevada 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:Nevada Secretary of State
Form:

Articles of Incorporation

Filing Method:

Mail, fax, or in-person

Agency Fee:

$50 + optional $125-$1,000 expedite fee

Turnaround:

~1 week. ~24 hours for $125 expedite fee. ~2 hours for $500 expedite fee. ~1 hour for $1,000 expedite fee.

Law:

NRS §82

Notes:
  • You’ll need to attach a page to include the IRS-required language describing the nonprofit purpose.
  • Your registered agent must sign.
  • An initial list of officers/directors must also be included with the application.
Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful Nevada Facts

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


Nevada Directors

  • Number: minimum 1
  • Qualifications: Individuals 18 years of age or older. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 1 director. Non-director members are permissible.

Nevada Officers

  • A president or a chair of the board, a secretary, and a treasurer are required.
  • Qualifications: Natural person.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

Nevada Members

  • Members: optional
  • Annual meeting: required unless election of directors is specified otherwise in bylaws
  • Quorum: 1/10th votes

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