Organizing a Non-Profit
Forming a non-profit corporation requires a combination of filing requirements with both the state and the federal government.
What is a Non-Profit?
Non-profit corporations must file articles of incorporation with the Iowa Secretary of State. The Secretary of State website offers guidance on doing so.
All non-profit corporations organized within the State of Iowa must also file a report with the Secretary of State every other year.
In order to be designated as a non-profit for federal tax reasons, has specific rules that must be followed. For IRS tax information for charities and other non-profits, click here.
If your organization wants to utilize a professional fundraiser, the professional fundraiser must register with the Office of the Attorney General.
The Iowa Non-Profit Resource Center at the University of Iowa has developed a set of principles and practices that outline the best practices for Iowa non-profits.
Additional Resources for Non-Profit Organizations
Iowa Secretary of State for information and instruction on organizing and maintaining a non-profit in Iowa.
Guidestar allows searching of financial records of non-profits. Some features require free registration.
Nonprofit Management Academy (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)