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:
|Rhode Island Secretary of State
Mail, in-person, or online
$35 + $2.50 enhanced processing fee
~7 business days by mail or online. Same day for in-person filings.
A certificate of incorporation is issued upon approval.
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Rhode Island, keep in mind: