Kansas Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Kansas 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 name
  • Is a prerequisite for applying for 501(c) tax exemption
  • Provides governance and adds credibility to the business or organization

Fast Facts

Agency:Kansas Secretary of State

Form IA: Not-For-Profit Corporation Articles of Incorporation

Filing Method:

Mail , fax, in-person, or online.

Agency Fee:

$20 + optional $20 expedite fee


Immediately online. ~4 business days by paper. ~1 business day by paper with $20 expedite fee.


K.S.A. §17-6002

Other Helpful Kansas Facts

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

Kansas Directors

  • Number: minimum 1
  • Qualifications: A natural person. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: until successor elected and qualified
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 1 director

Kansas Officers

  • Defined in bylaws or board resolution. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings and keeps a record book.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.

Kansas Members

  • Annual meeting: Required if members entitled to vote for directors, unless elected by written consent in lieu of a meeting
  • Quorum: Except for election of the governing body, a majority of those present constitutes a quorum so long as proper notice is provided.

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