Legal - Articles of Incorporation, how to write

Organizational Structure

Drafting Articles of Incorporation


 Requirements for incorporation as a nonprofit organization are determined by law in each state. The corporations division of the Office of the Secretary of State oversees the process of incorporation. The application for incorporation as a nonprofit organization must be accompanied by a document called Articles of Incorporation. This is usually a short, straightforward document that presents the required information. The required information may vary slightly from state to state. Some state web sites offer forms or sample documents.


However, if the organization intends to function as a tax-exempt public charity under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, it is important to write Articles that meet the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standards. See the attached document for sample language offered by the IRS.  


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Title: Legal - Articles of Incorporation, how to write
Module: Organization
Author: Trish Redmon
Audience: Administrator
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Organization Source: Pass It on Center
Last Reviewed: 01-25-2009 9:04 AM