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6. Managing a Nonprofit Corporation

Directors are responsible for the management and operation of a nonprofit corporation. Nonprofit directors can serve with or without compensation. If you decide to compensate directors, remember that compensation must be deemed "reasonable" by the IRS. Directors are under the same constraints of duty and care for a nonprofit corporation as they are for a "profit" corporation.

Most states require three directors. Some states only require one, including:

California
Colorado
Delaware
Georgia
Iowa
Kansas

Michigan
Mississippi
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Oklahoma

Oregon
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington


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When submitting a 501(c)(3) application or other exempt application, keep in mind the IRS generally likes to see an independent, financially disinterested board. This is why the IRS usually requires at least three distinct individuals to serve on the board of directors. It also helps if the directors are experienced in nonprofit or business affairs. But don't worry if you only initially have one director. You'll have the chance to add more directors later.

The officers of a nonprofit corporation run the day-to-day activities. Different states have different requirements for officers, but generally a nonprofit corporation should have a president, treasurer and secretary. In some states, one person can hold every office. In others, one person can hold up to two offices, but cannot be both the president and the secretary. The states where one person may hold every office include:


Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Illinois
Hawaii
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine

Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
Ohio

Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Wyoming


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