SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE OF MISSOURI
JAMES C. KIRKPATRICK
STATE INFORMATION CENTER
PO BOX 778 • JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI • 65102
DOMESTIC NONPROFIT INSTRUCTION SHEET
We hope the following information will be helpful when you organize a Nonprofit Corporation under Chapter
355 RSMo. DO NOT confuse this type of corporation with the Pro Forma Corporation or Benevolent
Associations formed through the Circuit Courts under Chapter 352, RSMo.
• The purposes for which a Nonprofit corporation may be organized are in section 355.025 RSMo.
• Each corporation may have a president and/or chairman, secretary and treasurer. The same individual
may simultaneously hold more than one office. At least three directors are required.
• All Nonprofit corporations must file an annual report each year listing their officers and directors. This
report is due by August 31st. The corporation will not remain in good standing if the report is not filed.
• These forms must be submitted, with original signatures.
The following instructions are for use with our forms. If the requirements of the law are not met, or if any
blanks are not completed, it may be necessary for us to return the forms for correction.
Article 1: The name of the corporation must be distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State
from any other domestic/foreign corporation, domestic/foreign limited partnership, limited liability
partnership, limited liability limited partnership, name reservation or domestic/foreign limited lia-
bility company registered to do business in the state of Missouri.
Article 2: Indicate whether the corporation is a public or mutual benefit corporation, pursuant to Section
355.881, RSMo. This designation can be determined as follows:
A. Any corporation which is designated (public benefit or mutual benefit) by statute is that type of
B. Any corporation organized primarily or exclusively for religious purposes is a public benefit
corporation, unless a