Start a Not For Profit in Florida

To form a Nonprofit Corporation, Articles of Incorporation must be filed. The Articles of Incorporation must include the following:

  • the name of the corporation (which must include “Corporation”, “Company,” “Incorporated,” “Limited,” or an abbreviation thereof);
  • a statement as to whether the corporation will be a public benefit, religious or mutual benefit corporation;
  • the name and address of the Registered Agent;
  • the name and address of all the incorporators;
  • a statement as to whether the corporation will have members;
  • a statement regarding the distribution of assets upon dissolution and
  • Florida Not For Profit:


If you intend to apply for IRS federal tax exemption as a charitable organization, your articles of incorporation must contain a required purposed clause and a dissolution of assets provision. Valuable information on 501(c)(3) qualification is on the IRS website It includes sample articles of the incorporation. Click the “Charities and Nonprofits” link and then the Life Cycle of a Public Charity.

Note: NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS: Before filing or completing Articles of Incorporation, you should first contact the IRS. The IRS will recognize and provide tax exempt status to a nonprofit corporation only if it meets certain criteria and guidelines. The IRS publishes a booklet which is helpful in this process: “Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization” Publication #557. This publication can be obtained by calling 800-829-3676.

Internal Revenue Service will conduct eighteen one-day workshops on basic tax compliance issues for small and mid-sized exempt organizations.The workshops will cover the procedures tax-exempt organizations must follow to maintain their tax-exempt status and comply with their tax obligations. The workshops are designed for board members, officers and staff of small and mid-sized tax-exempt organizations and the practitioners who work with them. You may view the schedule by clicking here

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