NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS: September 2, 2022 - CCFS is being updated to reflect changes to nonprofit corporation laws under RCW 24.03A. Currently, all nonprofit filings will be completed by paper forms while we work to provide online filing options. We are processing documents in the order received and there will be delays. If your documents were recently submitted, please disregard any automated late notices while we work to get all records updated on the website. Paper documents must be received in our office before their due date; once they have been entered into the system the record will reflect accurately. If you have any questions concerning this matter please let us know by using one of the methods available on the Contact Us page.

Information for nonprofits and charities

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

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Dissolving a Nonprofit in Washington State Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

Emergency Changes to Nonprofit Corporation Meetings

Take a virtual tour of the educational resources available for charities and nonprofit organizations education and training

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.

Link to Nonprofit Hand-book

A quick guide for board members to help understand the responsibilities as stewards of their organizations. Presented by the Office of the Secretary of State and the Attorney Generals Office.

Link to Nonprofit Board Guide

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.

Link to Small-Business Guide
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