Starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Connecticut is easy, just follow these easy steps to file the Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation for nonprofit corporations:
If you are starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Connecticut, you have come to the right place. After reading the comprehensive guide for Connecticut nonprofit formation, follow this guide to file the Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of State.
What is covered in this guide:
Information you will need to file the Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation for nonprofit corporations
To become a nonprofit corporation in Connecticut you must file Form CIN-1-1.0, the certificate of incorporation for nonprofit corporations.
Here are the sections that you will need to complete.
Section 1: Name of Corporation
Enter the name you have selected.
For help with selecting a name for your nonprofit read our comprehensive guide on how to name a Connecticut nonprofit.
Section 3: Registered Agent & Registered Office
The registered agent can be any entity registered to do business in Connecticut or any person who is a resident of the state. Your organization cannot act as its own registered agent.
Any person or business you designate as the registered agent must explicitly consent to act as the registered agent for your organization and verify their consent by signing Form CIN-1-1.0.
Enter the information of the registered agent in either Section A or B.
Section 4: Purpose
Describe the purpose of your nonprofit organization and additional provisions. Attach an additional sheet of paper if necessary.
In order to qualify for 501(c)(3) status, the organization’s purpose must explicitly be limited to one or more of the following:
- Testing for public safety
- Fostering national/international amateur sports competition
- Preventing cruelty to animals/children
NOTE: You can read the IRS guidelines on their website.
Section 5: Other Information
Use this section of the articles of formation to formally state what the assets of the organization will be used for, and what will happen to the assets if the organization is dissolved.
To be eligible for 501(c)(3) status, you must convince the IRS that the organization’s assets will always only be used for the purposes approved under 501(c)(3) rules. To this end, you must include provisions ensuring that in the event your organization is dissolved, the assets of the organization will be used towards tax-exempt purposes.
Section 5 of this sample document provides an example of these provisions required for 501(c)(3) eligibility.
Section 7: Execution
When the incorporators sign and date the form they are affirming everything written in the form. They are also affirming that the registered agent listed has already consented to be the registered agent for this nonprofit organization.
The incorporators are the people who complete, sign, and submit the Articles of Incorporation. These people do not need to be a part of your organization.
How to file the Connecticut Certificate of Incorporation
There are two ways to submit your Nonstock Certificate of Incorporation:
File the Nonstock Certificate of Incorporation through the Secretary of State's online portal.
Submit 2 copies of the Nonstock Certificate of Incorporation (the original plus a copy) to the mailing address found below.
Commercial Recording Division
Connecticut Secretary of the State
P.O. Box 150470
Hartford, CT 06115-0470
The filing fee is $50.
- Personal checks or money orders must be made out to "Secretary of the State"
- Accepted credit cards for online filing include Visa and MasterCard
Connecticut Nonprofit Formation FAQ
How long does it take to process Form CIN-1-1.0?
If you file online or by mail it typically takes about 3-5 business days. You can choose to pay an optional expedite fee of $50 to cut down on the processing time.
How do I contact the Secretary of State for more information?
You can call for information at (860) 509-6003 or visit them at their website.