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Organizing a Non-Profit in Iowa

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 has guidance for how to do so. 

           All nonprofit 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, the IRS has specific rules that must be followed. 

            If your organization wants to utilize a professional fundraiser, that fundraiser must register with the Attorney General.

            The Iowa Non-Profit Resource Center has developed a set of principles and practices that outline the best practices for Iowa Non-Profits.