How to Start a Nonprofit in Michigan
To start your nonprofit, you’ll need articles of incorporation and at least $20 in initial fees (you can pay more to expedite service). To file your articles of incorporation, you will need:
- At least three directors for your board.
- A registered agent (can be an individual or corporation) that agrees to accept documents in the event your corporation is sued, with a non-P.O. box address in Michigan.
- A name and street address for the corporation’s registered office in Michigan and its registered agent.
- The name and mailing address of the incorporator.
- Organize bylaws based on state law and have them approved at an organizational meeting with your board of directors.
- A federal employer identification number (EIN).
How to Start and Obtain 501(c)(3) Status in Michigan
We can help you obtain your tax-exempt status for your Michigan nonprofit by helping you complete and file IRS Form 1023, and include the following information on your articles of incorporation:
- A statement that reads, “This Corporation shall be a nonprofit corporation.”
- A statement that shows your corporation will not have any capital stock.
- A statement of purpose following IRS requirements.
- Statements that show your nonprofit corporation will not engage in activities unrelated to its exempt purposes or in prohibited political or legislative activity.
- A dissolution clause that properly designates another 501(c)(3) for distribution of your nonprofit assets.
Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status must file an annual report with the State due on October 1, and pay a $20 fee. If you have questions about how to start a nonprofit in Michigan, contact us today.
Start, Maintain, and Grow Your Michigan Nonprofit with BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions
When you collaborate with our team of experts at BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions, developing your Michigan nonprofit organization can be easy. We’re here to help you navigate all regulatory and operational hoops, so that you can spend more time with your cause and your community. Learn more about our nonprofit startup solutions.