How to Start a Nonprofit in Iowa


Nonprofits are an important part of our society, making a difference in the lives of others. But starting a nonprofit isn’t always easy, especially if you’re new to the world of non-profit work or just need some guidance on where to start. In this post, we will walk you through the steps to get started with your own Iowa non-profit organization, from choosing your name and applying for tax-exempt status all the way through filing articles of incorporation and bylaws. Let’s get started!

Step One: Learn Some Basics

To start a nonprofit, you need to learn some basic principles. First of all, what is a nonprofit? A nonprofit organization is an entity that does not make a profit for its owners and has an exempt purpose. This means it can’t be formed for personal gain or private benefit. The word “nonprofit” comes from the Latin word “non,” which means not and the Latin word “profit,” which means to make money. Nonprofit organizations are also called 501(c)(3)s (charities), 501(c)(4)s (social welfare organizations), registered aliens, corporations without shareholders or limited liability companies that do not distribute profits among their members but instead reinvest them in furthering their mission as specified in their articles of incorporation or bylaws (these are sometimes referred to as for-profits).

A charity is any organization whose principal activity does not have the purpose of generating profit for its owners; whereas a social welfare organization may generate profits but only if those profits are used primarily for charitable purposes–for example, providing free medical care to poor people; whereas corporations cannot qualify under this category because they have shareholders who expect them to generate profit as well as consumers who want goods and services produced by these corporations at reasonable prices; finally limited liability companies may qualify under this category provided they meet certain requirements regarding structure (e..g., having 50% control held by one person).

Step Two: Choose a Name

Next, choose a name. The name must be easy to spell and pronounce. It should also be short enough that it will fit on business cards and in newspaper headlines but long enough that it doesn’t sound like “XYZ.” An important consideration is whether the name will be too similar to that of another company or organization; the IRS does not allow similar names unless one is a subsidiary of another group.

Step Three: Get an EIN

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a unique nine-digit number that the Internal Revenue Service assigns to businesses in the United States. It’s used for tax purposes, and it looks like this: [XXXXXXX].

You can apply for an EIN online at the Trademark Avenue website. You’ll need to provide your name, date of birth and Social Security Number (SSN), along with information about your entity such as its legal structure, type of organization and location.

The benefits of getting an EIN are numerous: firstly it helps you to organize your business; secondly, it protects your personal identity from being associated with the nonprofit; thirdly if you plan on applying for grants or receiving donations, then having this ID will make things much easier when applying; fourthly many banks require one before they open an account for you—and lastly if someone claims they owe taxes but doesn’t have an EIN then there are penalties involved so it’s a good idea just to get one as soon as possible!

Step Four: Prepare Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

  • What are bylaws?
  • What are articles of incorporation?
  • What is the difference between the two?
  • Why do you need both?
  • How do you prepare them?

The most important thing to remember as you start your nonprofit is that if it’s not properly registered, it doesn’t exist. That means that if any member or employee of your organization takes a trip to Iowa, they could be held responsible for breaking civil laws and/or penalized financially if they don’t have all their ducks in a row. Make sure all those ducks are ready before someone goes on vacation!

Step Five: File Articles of Incorporation

Now that you’ve drafted your articles of incorporation, you’re ready to file them. You’ll need to mail a copy of your articles and pay a filing fee in order to officially form your nonprofit. This final step can be done either in person or by mail.

Step Six: Apply for Tax-Exempt Status

Once you’ve established your nonprofit’s mission, you’ll want to apply for tax-exempt status. This means that the IRS will view your organization as a charity or public benefit organization. You’ll also need to file an annual Form 990 and Form 8453.

You should also consult a professional about applying for tax-exempt status and consider hiring an accountant if you haven’t already done so (an accountant can help you prepare your nonprofit’s financial statements).

Here are the steps to starting a nonprofit in Iowa.

  • Learn Some Basics

Before you get started, it’s important to learn some basic information about starting a nonprofit in Iowa. The best way to do this is by reading through our guide on how to start a nonprofit in Iowa. In addition to learning about the steps above, we’ll cover:

  • What is an LLC?
  • How much does it cost to start a nonprofit?
  • Choose a Name

It’s important that your organization has a name that is easy for people outside of your organization (such as potential donors and volunteers) to understand. You should also make sure that there isn’t already an organization with the same name so you don’t have any legal issues later on down the road!


It’s not easy to start a nonprofit, but it’s worth the effort. Nonprofits are an important part of our society and they provide much-needed services that the government cannot. If you want to help your community, starting a nonprofit may be just what you need!

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