In Washington, nonprofit and charitable organizations need to register and stay up-to-date with the Office of the Secretary of State, Corporations & Charities Division. Nonprofit corporations have an annual report and charitable organizations have an annual renewal to complete. About 60% of charitable organizations are also nonprofit corporations, which involves completion of both annual requirements.

The following resource outlines the requirements for nonprofit corporations and charitable organizations. Be sure to check which type of organization you are and remember you many qualify as both. Noting your organization’s key dates – incorporation date and accounting year end date – is another important step. Nonprofit corporation reporting is based on your incorporation date, while charitable organization renewal is based on your accounting year end.

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Nonprofit and charitable organizations need to register and stay up-to-date with the Office of the Secretary of State.

Venn Diagram explaining nonprofit and charitable organization requirements with the Washington Secretary of State

Stay Up-to-Date with the Secretary of State Diagram

Stay Up-to-Date with the Secretary of State Venn Diagram for nonprofit corporations and charities

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