Orlando, FL—A nonprofit organization is one that is formed for reasons outside of “generating a profit” and the income these organizations bring in is not distributed to “its members, directors, or officers.”1 Some examples of nonprofit organizations include:
- Public clinics
- Legal aid societies
- Public charities
- Public hospitals
If one or more individuals are looking to start a nonprofit organization in Florida, it is important that they follow the correct process to successfully do this. According to the Legal Information Institute (LII), an organization that is being formed for reasons other than collecting a profit (i.e. nonprofit) must initially be formed in this way. While some might choose to form their nonprofit as a corporation, it can also be created in the form of an enterprise, foundation, or even a partnership, according to the LII.
Examples of Nonprofit Organizations in the U.S.
There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations based in the U.S., some of the more common ones including:
- American Red Cross
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- United Way
Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Orlando, FL
Individuals who are looking to start a nonprofit organization should first consult with a business law lawyer in Orlando to be sure this business model is the right choice for them. Once it is confirmed that a nonprofit organization is a suitable choice for a business model, an individual can begin the official process of getting their nonprofit created.
One of the steps an individual or group of individuals will need to take if they are looking to form a nonprofit corporation is to file their Articles of Incorporation for Florida Non-Profit Corporations. This can be done online, or the form can be printed and mailed to the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations.
Important: If an individual submits a form with missing information or it is filled out incorrectly, it will likely be rejected by the Division of Corporations.
Does an individual need to hire an Orlando, FL business lawyer if they want to form a nonprofit organization?
Anytime an individual is looking to start a new business or nonprofit organization, they are encouraged to seek legal help from a skilled Orlando, FL business law lawyer. An attorney will be able to:
- Help them get the necessary forms filed with their state and city if there will be a physical location in which the nonprofit will be operated out of.
- Review with a business owner the tax obligations they will and will not be subjected to.
- Ensure all contracts are understood by the creator of the nonprofit and are in his/her best interest to sign.
If an individual would like to learn more about forming a nonprofit organization in Florida or has legal questions regarding their already established organization, they can contact Legal Counsel P.A. to speak with an Orlando business law attorney.
Legal Counsel P.A. is located at:
189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
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