Starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Washington D.C. is easy, just follow these easy steps to file the Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation:
If you are starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Washington D.C., you have come to the right place. After reading the comprehensive guide for Washington D.C. nonprofit formation, follow this guide to file the Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Corporations Division.
What is covered in this guide:
Information you will need to file the Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation
To become a nonprofit corporation in Washington D.C. you must file Form DNP-1 with the District of Columbia Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection - Corporations Division.
Here are the sections that you will need to complete.
Section 1: Corporate Name
Enter the name you have selected.
For help with selecting a name for your nonprofit read our comprehensive guide on how to name a Washington D.C. nonprofit.
Section 2: Members
State whether or not the organization will have members.
Section 3: Registered Agent
The registered agent can be any entity registered to do business in Washington D.C. or any person who is a resident of the state. Your organization cannot act as its own registered agent.
Enter the information of the registered agent you have selected.
Section 5: Miscellaneous Provisions
There are two provisions you must include so your organization is eligible to apply for 501(c)(3) status:
1. Describe the purpose of your nonprofit organization.
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
2. 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 6: Incorporator
The incorporator is the person who completes, signs, and submits the certification of formation. This person does not need to be a part of your organization. This can be you or a lawyer helping you with the process of formation.
When you sign and date the form you are affirming everything written in the form.
How to file the Washington D.C. Articles of Incorporation
You can file online, by mail, or in person.
NOTE: If you file in person, you will be charged an automatic additional expedite fee.
Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
PO Box 92300
Washington, D.C. 20090
Information: (202) 442-4432
Filing Fee: $80