Kentucky Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation
Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create
a Kentucky 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
|Agency:||Kentucky Secretary of State |
Articles of Incorporation
Mail, in-person, or online.
$40 filing fee + Organization Tax Fee dependent on number of authorized shares (minimum fee of $10)
~3-5 business days by mail or online
KRS § 273
Other Helpful Kentucky Facts
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific
to Kentucky, keep in mind:
- Number: minimum 3
- Qualifications: None. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
- Term: 1 year and until successor elected and qualified
- Quorum: majority
- Committee: minimum 2 director
- Defined in bylaws or board resolution. One officer prepares minutes of the directors' and members' meetings.
- Two or more offices may be held by the same individual.
- Members: optional
- Annual meeting: required
- Quorum: 1/10th votes
Revised January 06, 2023. Complete data last reviewed January 06, 2023.