Mississippi Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Mississippi 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:Mississippi Secretary of State
Filing Method:

Online only.

Agency Fee:



~2-3 business days


Mississippi Code § 79-11-137

Other Helpful Mississippi Facts

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

Mississippi Directors

  • Number: No minimum in most cases. Set by articles or bylaws. If the nonprofit will solicit contributions in the state then at least 3 directors are required.
  • Qualifications: Individuals. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: default is 1 year, 5 year maximum
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors

Mississippi Officers

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

Mississippi Members

  • Members: optional
  • Annual meeting: required
  • Quorum: 1/10th votes

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