Amending California Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

In our previous post on California Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation, we noted that filing of the Articles effectively forms the corporation. As a corporation evolves over time, provisions in the original Articles may no longer accurately describe what is desired by the corporation’s leaders. When that happens, it becomes necessary to amend the Articles. Because […]

California Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

A California nonprofit corporation is formed by the filing of nonprofit articles of incorporation (Articles). There are three types of California nonprofit corporations: public benefit corporations, mutual benefit corporations, and religious corporations. Because they are governed by different laws, the Articles must reflect the appropriate type. In this post, we’ll focus on Articles of a […]

Changes to California Articles of Incorporation Filings

  Effective January 1, 2013, the articles of incorporation of a California nonprofit corporation must now include the entity street address and mailing address. The changes to the requirements and a fill-in form for a nonprofit public benefit corporation are available here. The changes to the requirements and a fill-in form for a nonprofit mutual benefit […]

Starting a Nonprofit: Articles of Incorporation and Specific Purpose Statements

It is generally required that a nonprofit’s Articles of Incorporation or other organizing document state the general purpose(s) of the corporation. For example, the Articles of a California nonprofit public benefit corporation must include the following statements verbatim: “This corporation is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and is not organized for the private gain of […]

Purpose Statement – Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

A charity’s articles of incorporation must limit the corporation’s purposes to one or more of the exempt purposes set forth in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code: “religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its […]