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Develop Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation:

  • act as a charter to establish the existence of a nonprofit in your state.
  • are filed with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
  • register your nonprofit name as a business entity within the state

The Articles of Incorporation must include:

  • the name of the organization
  • where the organization will be headquartered
  • the organization’s overall purpose

Before you can file these articles, you will need to decide:

  • the name of your organization
  • if your organization will be a “membership organization.” (In a membership organization, all members can vote to elect or remove officers and can make changes to the Bylaws.)

You must have Articles of Incorporation to:

  • apply for public or private grant money
  • solicit for tax-deductible contributions
  • protect from personal liability for a group's activities
  • get special postal rates
  • be exempt from property taxes

Make sure an attorney reviews your Articles of Incorporation.

An example of Articles of Incorporation