How to Start a Nonprofit in Nevada


To start a nonprofit in Nevada, you must first file articles of incorporation. You then have to elect a Board of Directors and get your charity registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Finally, you should apply for state and federal tax-exempt status so that your donations can be tax deductible.

File the Articles of Incorporation.

The first step in founding your nonprofit is to file the Articles of Incorporation with the Nevada Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then assign a corporate number, which you should use when filing subsequent documents and interacting with other agencies.

The articles must include:

  • The name of your nonprofit (it can’t be too similar to an existing one)
  • A statement that it’s a charitable organization
  • An attorney-in-fact for those who are officers or directors

Elect the Board of Directors.

You will need at least three directors. The directors may be individuals or organizations, but they must all be at least 18 years of age and residents of Nevada. A director cannot be a convicted felon or have been removed from a nonprofit within the last five years for the cause. If you have multiple board members, you may want to add an additional requirement that each member owns something like 5% or 10% of the business so that they can’t resign with impunity once they’ve done their damage.

Follow these steps to start a nonprofit in Nevada.

Follow these steps to start a nonprofit in Nevada.

  • File the articles of incorporation by submitting Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofit Corporation (Form 101).
  • Elect officers and directors (if applicable) at an initial meeting of your organization’s board of directors, according to NRS 82.145(1)(a). If you do not elect directors, you must designate one member as an incorporator instead; this person is responsible for ensuring that all required documents are filed properly with the Secretary of State, according to NRS 82.145(1)(b).
  • File your annual report by submitting Annual Report – Privately Held Corporation or LLC Filed With Secretary Of State For Nonprofit Corporation or LLC (Form 102); Form 102 expires after five years unless renewed with another filing within those five years, according to Title 2 Chapter 109A Section 1106A-2602[3].
  • File federal tax returns each year by electronically filing Form 990-N e-Postcard, entering only four digits from page 1 line 12a into box b on page 2 then clicking “Continue” at the bottom right; if you don’t have internet access at home consider using a library computer or asking a friend who does have internet access if they can file it for you. If someone other than yourself files your return electronically then send them all the relevant information needed so they can complete their part accurately and timely (e.,g., addresses where any correspondence should be sent if necessary).


You can start a nonprofit in Nevada by following these steps. You may also want to consider contacting a lawyer or accountant for your nonprofit so that you have the best chances of success. By doing this, you’ll be able to better serve your community and make an impact on those around them!

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