North Carolina Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a North Carolina 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:North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
Form:

N-01: Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofit

Instructions:

Incorporating Your Nonprofit in North Carolina

Filing method:

Mail, in-person, or online by uploading the signed document

Agency fee:

$60 + optional $100-200 expedite fee

Turnaround:

~5-7 business days. 24 hours for $100 expedite fee. Same day for $200 expedite fee (submit by noon).

Law:

North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Act

Notes:
  • If the corporation is a charitable or religious corporation, NC statute requires a statement to that effect (N.C.G.S. § 55A-2-02). Typically any organization that will apply for 501(c)(3) should include this statement.
  • Explicitly declare whether or not the corporation will have members (N.C.G.S. § 55A-2-02). A member votes to elect directors.
  • You may include an optional provision limiting or eliminating the personal liability of any director for monetary damages arising out of an action whether by or in the right of the corporation or otherwise for breach of any duty as a director.
  • Filing of the articles of incorporation by the NC Secretary of State is proof that the nonprofit has fulfilled the minimum statutory requirements to incorporate. They will stamp the articles with the date the corporation is created. The signed original will be retained by the state and a copy will be returned to the incorporator.
  • Articles of Incorporation are not required to be filed with the NC Register of Deeds.


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 North Carolina Facts

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


North Carolina Directors

  • Number: minimum 1
  • Qualifications: Natural person. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: 1 year
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 members

North Carolina Officers

  • Defined in bylaws or board resolution.
  • 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.

North Carolina Members

  • Members: optional
  • Regular meeting: required annually
  • 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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