There is no simple form or single government agency to help establish a nonprofit organization. Rather, you may need to follow a number of steps and consult a number of different agencies, to comply with all the pertinent procedures and laws. Although most of the procedures below do not involve the Division of Taxation, we offer the following basic information and links to assist you.
- You form a nonprofit organization through incorporation or, if you do not incorporate, with a constitution, articles of association, trust or other instrument.
if your organization wants IRS 501(c)(3) status
, the certificate of incorporation or other formation instrument must contain IRS-required wording. See IRS Pub. 557