How to Incorporate a Social Club

by Daniel Ketchum

Many social clubs find that it is often helpful to incorporate in their home state, usually as a nonprofit, so that they can hold events like fund-raisers. The process for incorporating is fairly simple, though the details may vary from state to state.

Create a mission statement for your social club. This statement tells the authorities and the public your organization's goals and plans.

Elect the officials of your organization: the president, treasurer and secretary. When you have elected officers, the state knows who is responsible for the social club's operations.

Contact your state's secretary of state and request the forms you need for incorporation, known as articles of incorporation. Fill these forms out and send them back to the secretary of state's office.

Write the bylaws for your new organization. The bylaws are the rules that govern how your organization works. You may be required to send a copy of the bylaws to the state.

Use IRS form 1023 to file for tax-exempt status, which means being declared a 501(3)(c) organization. You will also need a federal EIN number so that you can file taxes for your social club.

About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.

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