Nonprofit Services

​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.

Getting Started

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 the 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 informat​ion for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including cooperatives and homeowners associations​.

Internal Revenue Service forms and information:

If you live in the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (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 helps entrepreneurs with 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:


Additional Information

The Oregon Department of Justice Charitable Activities Section has specific instruction regarding the following:

Annual reporting requirements for charities​

Closing and Dissolving a Charity​

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