New Jersey Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a New Jersey 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:New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Form:

Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, fax, or online

Agency Fee:

$75

Turnaround:

~4 weeks. Expedited options available - fax recommended.

Law:

New Jersey Statutes - Title 15A: Corporations, Nonprofit

Notes:
  • Include cover letter or self-addressed stamped envelope for return
  • Religious nonprofits may want "Title 16" incorporation (reduced filing fee and no annual report required.)
Fact Checked:6/13/17

Other Helpful New Jersey Facts

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


New Jersey Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: 18 years old. No citizenship requirement. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: 1 year
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 1 member

New Jersey 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.

New Jersey Members

  • Members: optional
  • Regular meeting: required annually or biennially
  • Quorum: majority of entitled votes

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