Phase 2: Non-Profit Incorporation
Your organization should be a corporation that is registered as a non-profit or not-for-profit entity within your state.
We charge one low flat fee of $300 Phase 2. Please note that this $300 flat fee also includes the state incorporation filing fees.
Non-Profit Articles of Incorporation
The Articles of incorporation contain basic information on the organization such as its name, registered agent, and address of the corporation's principal office. Most state agencies that oversee incorporation will provide templates and/or instructions for preparing the Articles of Incorporation. However, the I.R.S. requires additional information and statements to be included and without them, the I.R.S. will not approve your application for tax-exemption.
Registration with the State
The registration of a non-profit involves the filing of the Articles of Incorporation with the appropriate state agency and paying the filing fee.
Every non-profit requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The non-profit will need it to open a bank account, file taxes, apply for grants, purchase property, etc.
Bylaws are your organization’s operating manual. They set out the rules that govern the internal management of an organization. Nonprofits that seek tax-exempt status from the IRS need to have bylaws in place, since the IRS asks for a copy of its internal governing documents to be included in the application packet.
Non-profits are highly regulated corporations so it is important to have policies in place so that all officers, directors, volunteers, and donors follow proper procedures at all time. Having policies in place and training people to apply the policies to their work will protect the non-profit from much liability.