How to Form a Club in California
|Articles of Incorporation create the primary incorporation document that is the basis for a corporation coming into existence. Remember it is generally easier to change your By-Laws than the Articles of Incorporation.
In general, an organization is a group of persons banded together for a specific purpose. To qualify under section 501(a) of the Code, the association must have a written document, such as "Articles of Incorporation," showing its creation. At least two persons must sign the document, which must be dated.
The definition of an organization can vary under state law. You may wish to consult the law of the state in which the organization is organized. Note that for an organization to qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Code, its articles of association must contain certain language. Publication 557 contains suggested language.
Articles of Incorporation are filed and certified by the Secretary of State in the State in which you intend to operate.
It is best to write one set of Articles of Incorporation that use the wording required by both the Federal and State governments. See Appendix A for a sample Articles of Incorporation appropriate for a 501(c)(7) corporation in California.
In California -
A 501(c)(3) is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and a 501(c)(7) is a nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation.
In California, the fee for filing Articles of Incorporation on behalf of a nonprofit, non-stock corporation is $30. Check should be made payable to the Secretary of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. The original and at least four copies of the Articles of Incorporation should be included with your submittal. The Secretary of State will certify two copies of the filed document without charge, provided that the copies are submitted to the Secretary of State with the original to be filed. Any additional copies submitted with the original will be certified upon request and payment of $8 per copy certification fee. Documents may be hand delivered to any Secretary of State office location for over-the-counter processing or may be mailed to the Sacramento office, Secretary of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814.
A $15.00 special handling fee is applicable for processing documents delivered in person at the public counter in the Sacramento office or in any of the regional offices located in Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. The $15.00 special handling fee must be remitted by separate check for each submittal and will be retained whether the documents are filed or rejected. The special handling fee does not apply to documents submitted by mail to the Sacramento office, Secretary of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814.
This information is provided courtesty Pacific Rim Alliance,