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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?

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

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.


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

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
IRS Tax Exempt Status Information. Are you applying for a 501 (C) tax exempt status? Articles of incorporation must contain a specific purpose clause and a dissolution of assets provision.


Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations are required to make Federal, Annual Information Returns available for public inspection. For additional information and how to obtain a photocopy from the IRS, click here for more info.

Nonprofits Menu & Resources

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If your nonprofit organization is or plans to fundraise from the public, it may also be required to register with the Charities Program of the Secretary of State. Registration with the Charities Program is separate from and in addition to filings required under corporate law. Please visit the Charities Program Web Site to review the registration requirements and registration forms.


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