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What are articles of incorporation? Where can I find examples for nonprofits?

Articles of incorporation is a legal document that is filed with the state to create a corporation. Nonprofit articles contain the organization’s basic information (name, registered agent, office address, etc.) and tax exemption information.

Most Secretary of State web sites will have templates and/or instructions for nonprofit articles of incorporation. You could also search the Internet for the keywords “nonprofit articles of incorporation”, plus your state and type of nonprofit. For example, “articles of incorporation California youth”.

Since your situation may differ from any samples you may find, we recommend that you consult an attorney for legal assistance when creating your own organization’s articles of incorporation.

We invite you to share your nonprofit’s articles of incorporation in our Sample Documents section.

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