Starting A Non Profit >> Sample Articles of Organization
Articles of organizations can be difficult to create.
Starting a nonprofit with an effective Article of Organization is jut a click away. This section provides a sample that you can use to start your nonprofit organization. Use the sample provided to start considering your purpose, duration, membership/board of directors, personal liability, dissolution and information on incorporators.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
“NAME OF ORGANIZATION”
The undersigned incorporator(s), a natural person 18 years of age or older, in order to form a corporate entity under Statutes, “STATE STATUE HERE” adopts the following articles of incorporation.
The name of this corporation shall be ____________________________________, located at __________ (street address, city, state, zip).
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
This corporation is
organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational
purposes (pick one or more), more specifically to
__________. To this end, the corporation shall at all times be
operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning
of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
now enacted or hereafter amended, including, for such purposes,
the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as
exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended. All
funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift
or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said purposes.
ARTICLE III EXEMPTION
At all times shall the following
operate as conditions restricting the operations and activities
of the corporation:
1. No part of the net earnings of
the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be
distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or others
private persons, except that the organization shall be
authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for
services rendered and to make payments and distributions in
furtherance of the purpose set forth in the purpose clause
2. No substantial part of the
activities of the corporation shall constitute the carrying on
of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation,
or any initiative or referendum before the public, and the
corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including
by publication or distribution of statements), any political
campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for
3. Notwithstanding any other
provisions of this document, the organization shall not carry on
any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an
organization exempt from federal income tax under section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, corresponding section of
any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization,
contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c)(2)
of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any
future federal tax code.
ARTICLE IV DURATION
The duration of the corporate
existence shall be perpetual.
ARTICLE V MEMBERSHIP/BOARD OF
The corporation shall have no
members. The management of the affairs of the corporation shall
be vested in a Board of Directors, as defined in the
corporation's bylaws. No Director shall have any right, title,
or interest in or to any property of the corporation.
The number of Directors
constituting the first Board of Directors is _____, their names
and addresses being as follows:
Members of the first Board of
Directors shall serve until the first annual meeting, at which
their successors are duly elected and qualified, or removed as
provided in the bylaws.
ARTICLE VI PERSONAL LIABILITY
No (member) officer, or Director
of this corporation shall be personally liable for the debts or
obligations of this corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor
shall any of the property of the (members) officer, or Directors
be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this
ARTICLE VII DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the
organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt
purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax
code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a
state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets
not disposed of by the District Court of the county in which the
principal office of the organization is then located,
exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or
organizations, as said court shall determine, which are
organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE VIII INCORPORATOR(S)
The incorporator(s) of this corporation is/are:
The undersigned incorporator(s) certify(ies) that she/he/they execute(s) these
articles for the purposes herein stated.
Signature Date: __________________________________
Signature Date : _________________________________