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Starting an Iowa NonProfit

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Starting an Iowa NonProfit corporation is a significant undertaking with its own obligations and requirements. 

A NonProfit corporation is a corporation in which no part of the income or profit is distributable to its members, directors or officers, except under limited circumstances.   

Iowa Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
    Typical characteristics include:
  • the entity is designated as a "nonprofit" when first organized
  • assets may not be divided among corporate members
  • the entity may lawfully pursue such purposes as are permitted for such an organization under state law.

To learn more see  Iowa Secretary of State FAQs on NonProfits.  Best practices and additional information is available at the NonProfit Resource Center at the University of Iowa.

In some cases, your nonprofit may have business potential.  These types of businesses are often referred to as social entrepreneurship.  Contact the Iowa Business Concierge to determine if a hybrid business strategy might be the way to go for you!  You can also reach us toll free at 866-537-6052.