Nonprofit organizations must register with and be certified by the Secretary of State. The Department of Justice regulates charitable activities in Oregon. You may also need to register with them.
1. Choose your name and structure.
Before you can register your business, you'll need to choose a business name. To narrow down your choices, you can use the Oregon Secretary of State's Business Name Search Tool.
2. Register your corporation.
Nonprofit corporations must register and renew annually with the Secretary of State Corporation Division. To register a new nonprofit corporation, use the Articles of Incorporation form or register online for faster service. Be sure to visit Starting a Business for general information about requirements for new businesses, including nonprofit corporations.
Many cities and counties also require registration or licensing for individuals and firms conducting business within their jurisdiction. To learn about your requirements, consult your local county and city clerks. You can also search by keyword and ZIP code online.
3. Get your tax numbers.
The Oregon Department of Revenue offers tax registration information for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including cooperatives and homeowners associations.
Internal Revenue Service forms and related information:
If you live in the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (aka TriMet) or the Land County Transit District, you will need to file and pay for transportation taxes. Learn more about the mass transit payroll/excise tax from the Department of Revenue.
4. Fulfill insurance requirements.
- Unemployment Insurance.
- Workers' compensation: The Small Business Ombudsman offers information and assistance to entrepreneurs regarding workers’ compensation insurance.
- State-required insurance for certain businesses: Business owners should be aware that licensing boards may require certain types of insurance for specific professions. For more information, consult your licensing and permitting board.
Other insurance resources: