Nonprofit organizations must register with the Secretary of State. The
Department of Justice regulates charitable activities in Oregon. You may also need to register with them.
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.
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 also search the License Directory.
is dedicated to building stronger nonprofit boards of directors.
Nonprofit organizations are both a recipient of
Small Business Administration (SBA) services and a partner with the SBA in serving the small business community.
The People’s Nonprofit Accelerator (The Accelerator), formerly Willamette Valley Development Professionals (WVDO), provides affordable and accessible, education and training for the nonprofit sector seeking support in fundraising, executive leadership, board development, and personnel management.