How to Start a Nonprofit in Alabama: State Forms

Laws and regulations on starting a nonprofit organization vary from state to state. Below, we have provided a very short general primer to help get you started. Before getting started you should consult information from your state charitable official and retain the services of an attorney familiar with nonprofit law. Regulations differ greatly from state to state, so this listing should not be considered comprehensive or a substitute for competent legal counsel.

  • Reserve/register intended name
  • File Articles of Incorporation
    • Cover sheet
    • Articles
    • Certificate of Disclosure
    • Proof of Corporate Name
    • Filing fees
  • Extra steps, depending on state
    • In many states you must publish your of articles of incorporation a certain number of times in a local newspaper, then file proof of publication with a state agency
  • Governance Package
  •  Complete the State of Alabama Attorney General’s Office fundraising registration form:  Form

Step 1: Research
Step 2: Key Questions to Ask Before Getting Started
Step 3: State Forms
Step 4: Federal Filings
Step 5: Final Steps