Vermont Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Vermont 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:Vermont Secretary of State - Division of Corporations

Articles of Incorporation

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person or online.

Agency Fee:



~5-7 business days


Vermont Statues - Title 11B: Nonprofit Corporations


File in duplicate with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Other Helpful Vermont Facts

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

Vermont Directors

  • Number: minimum 3
  • Qualifications: Individuals. No residency requirement. No membership requirement.
  • Term: default is 1 year, 6 year maximum
  • Quorum: majority
  • Committee: minimum 2 directors

Vermont Officers

  • A president, a secretary, and a treasurer are required.
  • Two or more offices may be held by the same individual, except president and secretary.

Vermont Members

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

Order Registered Agent Service