Friday, July 19, 2024, Update at 1 p.m.: Services with the Corporations & Charities Division at are back online. Phone, chat, and in-person services will resume on Monday, July 22.


Thinking of starting a nonprofit corporation? Want to establish 501 (c) exempt status? Planning to raise money from the public?

Starting a NonProfit In Washington State

Dissolving a Nonprofit in Washington State

Take a virtual tour of the educational resources available for charities and nonprofit organizations
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This handbook is a practical resource for nonprofit corporations. It outlines management standards and offers tips for how nonprofit leaders can stay in compliance with laws and develop organizations.

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The Board Service in Washington State Quick Guide offers guidance on the fiduciary duty and liabilities of nonprofit board members to help board members understand their responsibilities as stewards of their organizations. Under Washington law, board members of a Washington nonprofit organization are responsible for the management of the business and affairs of the organization.
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This informational video covers who may be required by law to register as a charity in Washington State, which is separate and distinct from a nonprofit corporation.


This small business guide provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington.

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IRS information for charities and nonprofit corporations. Note: Articles of incorporation must contain a specific purpose clause and a dissolution of assets provision when applying for tax exempt status.

The Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) Members include condominium, cooperative, and homeowner associations as well as those who provide services and products to associations.


Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations are required to make Federal, Annual Information Returns available for public inspection.

Read more about how to obtain a photocopy from the IRS