The Office of Secretary of State is updating its website for the Corporations and Charities division. Website users will notice a new look and feel for creating, updating, and accessing registrations. All users will be required to create new passwords, which they will be periodically required to change as part of system security protocols.

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