State laws related to forming NPO

Laws related to FORMING ASSOCIATIONS

An unincorporated association is formed and regulated by the state’s Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act (UNAA) in these 11 states:

Alabama Arkansas Colorado Delaware
District of Columbia Hawaii Idaho Texas
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Other 39 states have not yet adopted the UNAA.  A nonprofit association in the remaining  states is governed by a hodgepodge of common laws of the state.

In certain cases, courts have even refused to treat associations as independent from its members in these 39 states.

Laws related to FORMING CORPORATIONS

The formation and regulation of an non-profit corporation is governed by respective state’s ‘Non-profit Corporation Act’. The act may be known by different names like ‘business organization code’, ‘non-stock corporation act’ or simply ‘business code’ in a few states.

See state wise Act name, governing chapters and online law locator.


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