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 registering your business, you need to choose a business name. Use the Oregon Secretary of State's Business Name Search Tool to narrow your choices.
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. Visit Starting a Business for information about requirements for new businesses, including nonprofit corporations.
Many cities and counties require registration or licensing for individuals and firms conducting business in their jurisdiction. Consult your local county and city clerks for requirements. You can search using keywords online.
3. Get your tax numbers
The Oregon Department of Revenue has 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 Lane County Transit District, you will need to file and pay for transportation taxes. Learn about the mass transit payroll/excise tax from the Department of Revenue.
4. Fulfill insurance requirements
- Unemployment Insurance
- Workers' compensation: The
Small Business Ombudsman
entrepreneurs regarding workers’ compensation insurance.
- State-required insurance for certain businesses: Licensing boards may require certain types of insurance for
specific professions. For more information, consult your licensing and permitting board.
Other insurance resources: