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What Is a Nonprofit Corporation?

A nonprofit corporation (NPO) is an organization that uses its surplus funds or “profits” to advance a particular purpose. Unlike a for-profit corporation, a nonprofit's income is not distributed to owners, the board of directors, officers, or shareholders. Nonprofits are involved in many areas and are frequently created as a public service. They are used to manage charities or to support the fine arts, healthcare and research, education, political awareness, religion, and countless other activities. Hybrid nonprofit corporations, such as cooperatives that are equally owned by members and/or employees, are also growing in popularity in areas like farming, grocery stores, and medical dispensers.

How Is a Nonprofit Like a Regular Corporation?

In many ways, nonprofit corporations are similar to traditional for-profit corporations. Each nonprofit corporation is a distinct legal entity and is typically treated the same way a corporation is under law. Nonprofits may enter into business dealings with other persons and companies, may write and sign contracts, and may own property. Nonprofits are also structured like traditional corporations. Each has its own directors or “trustees,” officers, management, and can also hire employees.

How Is a Nonprofit Different from a Regular Corporation?

Unlike for-profit corporations, the income earned by a nonprofit must be invested back into the nonprofit's intended purpose or to support and maintain the organization itself. While a nonprofit may pay salaries to its employees, managers, and directors, it cannot have shareholders or stock. Due to their public service nature, many nonprofit organizations are eligible to be classified as a 501(c) organization by the IRS. While most nonprofits must maintain annual financial records and submit tax returns each year, nonprofits that have 501(c) status are exempt from paying taxes on most or all of their earnings. Also, individuals or companies who make donations or give other assistance to organizations with 501(c) status can write-off these contributions on their taxes.

Create Your Nonprofit Corporation Using the Document People

To create a nonprofit corporation, you must prepare Articles of Incorporation and submit them to the Secretary of State in the state where you plan to operate. If you wish to obtain 501(c)3 status for tax exemption, you must begin a separate application process with the IRS. We can prepare all the necessary documentation and paperwork to get your nonprofit incorporated more quickly and easily than anyoneelse.

We can also provide all the necessary information and forms you will need to apply for 501(c)3 status with the IRS. Our complete package includes everything you will need for that all-important first year, including:

  • Name Search – Preparation of the Articles
  • Filing and Pick Up in Person – Corporate Kit
  • Minutes for the First Year – Generic Bylaws

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