Non-profit Corporations

Could a non-profit be the right entity structure for your new business? Learn more about how non-profits work, what a non-profit corporation is, and see if it is the right business structure for your new Nevada business:

What is a non-profit corporation?

A non-profit corporation, also referred to as a 501(c)(3) corporation, is one recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt and organized for a public or charitable purpose. A non-profit corporation must have at least one director or trustee and, upon dissolution, must either distribute its assets to the state or federal government or to another non-profit.

Most corporations that are formed 'for profit' are allowed to engage in "any lawful business activity." Non-profit corporations are required to state a specific purpose that benefits either the public at large, a segment of the community, or a particular membership-based group.

Contributions to 501(c)(3) corporations are exempt from federal or state taxation. Many wealthy individuals make substantial contributions in their estate plans for qualified non-profit corporations. These estate plan contributions are actively pursued by many non-profits as part of their campaign for public support.

For tax purposes, non-profit corporations must be formed for religious, charitable, scientific, educational or literary purposes in order to claim the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.


  • No taxes paid on income.
  • Lower postal rates on third-class bulk mailings.
  • Less expensive advertising rates.
  • Eligibility for many state and/or federal grants.
  • Nonprofits are exclusive beneficiaries of free radio and television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) provided by media outlets.

501(c)(3) Eligibility Rules:

  • Organized and operated for charitable, educational, religious, literary or scientific purposes.
  • Gains not distributed to directors, officers or members.
  • Any assets remaining upon dissolution must be distributed to another qualified tax-exempt entity or group.
  • No participation in political campaigns for or against candidates for public office.
  • Not substantially engaged in grassroots legislative or political activities, except as permitted under federal tax rules.

Is a Non-Profit Corporation the right structure for your new business?

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