Georgia State Requirements

Grow Your Georgia Nonprofit Today

In every corner of the U.S., nonprofit organizations are helping improve communities and people’s lives. For many years, Georgia’s nonprofit grants have helped create opportunities throughout the “Peach State.” Whether you’re attracted to Atlanta’s vibrant urban landscape, Savannah’s southern and artistic atmosphere, or the rolling Appalachian Mountains, there’s a place for your nonprofit start-up in Georgia!

Facts and Figures for Georgia Nonprofits

Georgia nonprofits offer many different community services throughout the state. Nonprofit grants in Georgia have helped launch nonprofits operating within government, healthcare and wellness, social programs, childhood and adult education, music and the arts, services for veterans and the disabled, and many more. 

Georgia’s nonprofit registration office lists close to 38,000 nonprofit organizations. Among them is the American Cancer Society, the #1 health nonprofit in the U.S. Additionally, Georgia’s foundations donate more than $1 billion dollars every year to nonprofits both in-state and around the country, creating a lasting and significant impact.

How to Apply for a 501c3 in Georgia

Georgia may be the perfect place to launch a 501c3 nonprofit start-up. The links below provide details about the types of 501c3 and will help to get you started.

Georgia State Registration Documents



Articles of Incorporation

Business Entity Search



Average Processing Time

2-4 Business days

Electronic Filing?


Charity Registration

State Requirement?


Charity Registration Search


$10.00-400.00, Depending on Revenue

Renewal Requirement?

Yes – Within a year of initial registration

990 EZ Requirement?


Annual Report

State Requirement?



Annually, by May 1



Other Exemptions

State Income Tax


Sales Tax Exemption

Must file once every 5 years – $0

Tax Returns

All organizations (except those classified as churches) are required to file an annual 990 form (990N, 990EZ, 990, or 990PF) to be exempt from Income Tax.

The 990 return is due on the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the organization’s fiscal year.

Failure to file for 3 consecutive years could cause your organization to lose tax-exempt status.

State Requirements for an Illinois Nonprofit

As you start creating your organization’s business plan, you’ll want to keep in mind that Illinois’ nonprofit articles of incorporation require filing reports annually to maintain 501c3 tax-exempt status. Most states will want you to verify contact information, your nonprofit Board members’ list, and information about the person who registered the nonprofit in Illinois. State compliance regulations may also request employee data and current sales tax exemption forms. The articles of incorporation for Illinois nonprofits may also require an annual or bi-annual report in order to maintain your organization’s operating license.

The societal impact of Illinois nonprofits is impressive. If you’re eager to create social change and help those in need, then launching your entrepreneurial nonprofit in Illinois may be a great idea. We encourage you to visit our Nonprofit Education Center to make sure you understand the basics, and our testimonials page to learn about other successful nonprofit entrepreneurs’ stories. Contact us if you have questions or want more information. We’re here to provide expert advice and assistance at any time.