Rhode Island Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation
Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create
a Rhode Island 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.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
- Limits the liability of directors, officers, and shareholders
- Fulfills statutory requirements to register your organization's
- Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
- Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization
Other Helpful Rhode Island Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific
to Rhode Island, keep in mind:
Rhode Island Directors
- Number: minimum 3
- Qualifications: None. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
- Term: default is 1 year, 3 year maximum
- Quorum: majority
- Committee: minimum 2 directors
Rhode Island Officers
- A president, a secretary, and a treasurer are required.
- Term: 1 year unless otherwise specified in the articles or bylaws, 3 year maximum
- Two or more offices may be held by the same individual, except the offices of president and secretary.
Rhode Island Members
- Members: optional
- Regular meeting: required annually
- Quorum: 1/10th votes
Revised June 13, 2017. Complete data last reviewed June 13, 2017.