How to start a non profit organization in the State of Florida
How to start a Florida non profit corporation:
How much does it cost to start a Florida non profit organization?
The filing fee for FL Articles of Incorporation is $70. The FL Department of State accepts check, money order or credit card.
How long does it take to form a Florida nonprofit organization?
Florida takes about ten days to process your incorporation filing. You can get it processed in one to three days if you file your articles online.
Are there corporate ending requirements for a non profit in Florida?
Yes, the name must end with Corporation, Corp, Incorporated or Inc. Your non profit cannot end in Company or Co.
What do I need to include on my Certificate of Incorporation?
You will need to list the names and addresses of three initial directors. You need one incorporator. You do need to furnish a principle office address and a mailing address of the non profit, and for the registered agent as well.
What are the incorporator requirements in Florida?
The incorporator must be a natural person, not a business entity, and typically the incorporators function ends after the corporation is filed.
Will I have to describe the purpose of the Florida nonprofit?
Florida wants a specific description of the organization; its purpose and activities. If you plan on applying for 501c3 status, you will need to attach an extra page for the required IRS language because the Florida form doesn’t allow enough room for the entire text. You can find the text on our Tax Exempt Language page.
Do I need a registered agent signature on my articles?
Yes, the registered agent must sign as accepting the position.
What are the annual fees to keep my Florida nonprofit organization active?
You file an easy Florida annual report online. The fee is $61.25 and it is due by May 1st.
What do I need to do to fundraise in Florida?
First you have to get registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer Services. See our FL Charities page.
Florida Non Profit Formation Agency:
Northwest Registered Agent,LLC
Tampa, FL 33607