Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Maine 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:
|Agency:||Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions|
Mail or in-person
$40 + optional $50-$100 expedite fee
~14 business days. ~24 hours for $50 expedite fee. Immediately for $100 expedite fee.
When filing by mail, include the filer contact cover form. Original signatures are required.
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Maine, keep in mind: