How to Start a 501c3 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).
Michigan 501(c)(3) State Requirements
Starting Your Michigan Nonprofit
Throughout the USA, nonprofits are working to improve communities and residents’ quality of life. Being a part of Michigan’s charitable sector provides ample opportunities to make a difference, whether that’s in the industrial center of Detroit, the government seat in Lansing, or throughout the beautiful woodlands that gives the “Great Lakes State” its nickname.
How Are Michigan 501(c)(3)s Improving Communities?
Starting a nonprofit in Michigan can be ideal for entrepreneurs committed to serving a broad cross-section of the community’s needs. Both well-established and start-up Michigan nonprofits serve diverse sectors such as city, county, and state governments, health, elder, and social services, workforce training and development, arts and culture, disability and veterans’ services, animal welfare, and many more.
Currently, the State of Michigan lists over 39,000 nonprofit organizations that employ nearly 470,000 individuals. That data translates into more than 10 percent of the entire workforce in the state and exceeds the number of residents working in tourism or hospitality. Residents of Michigan also donate 3 percent of their income every year to charitable causes and organizations.
If you’re interested in launching a Michigan 501c3 nonprofit, our professional nonprofit consultants at BryteBridge can help! The links and information below will connect you to documents and resources to get you started.
Wondering How to Start Your 501(c)(3) in Michigan? BryteBridge Can Help!
BryteBridge can help you with all stages of starting a nonprofit in Michigan. From obtaining your tax-exempt status to helping you complete and file IRS Form 1023, we can also guide your through gathering and assembling all the following information for 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 Michigan 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 starting 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, starting and growing your Michigan nonprofit can be easy. We’re here to help you navigate all regulatory and operational regulations and guidelines, so that you get to spend more time promoting your cause and helping your community. Learn more about our nonprofit startup solutions.