Stage 6 of Non-Profit Incorporation: Dissolution

Non-Profit Dissolution from The Startup Garage
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If the time comes that your non-profit has accomplished its mission or you need to dissolve the non-profit for other reasons, consult your state’s Attorney General web page for detailed instructions on the steps to follow.  If your non-profit is incorporated in California, follow the steps outlined below.

Decision to Dissolve

  • Can be done by a vote of the board of directors or by a majority of the corporation.
  • Prepare a Certificate of Election to Wind Up and Dissolve and a Certificate of Dissolution.

File a final state tax return

  • Inform the state tax board of your status as dissolved.

Obtain Dissolution Waiver from the Attorney General for asset disposition

  • As the assets of a non-profit are held in public trust, there are specific rules that guide the distribution of the dissolved non-profit’s assets in accordance to the stated purpose.

Submit a Final Notice of Submission to the Secretary of State’s office and the Attorney General’s office

Find the California government’s detailed information page here for the Attorney General’s page or here for Secretary of State’s page.

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I work with entrepreneurs who are looking to attract investment and get out of the "Garage". I am passionate about helping entrepreneurs start companies that matter. I helped launch over 100 Companies, Non-Profits and Social Enterprises. I consider myself a serial entrepreneur, startup coach & trusted advisor. * Launching New Companies (For Profit, Non-Profit and Social Enterprise) * Expert Business Plan Writer * Extensive Network of Business Relationships focused on Launch & Rapid Growth of New Companies * Startup, Growth, Marketing, Technology, Web, Business Systems * Trusted Advisor to CEO’s & Entrepreneurs * Capital Raising Strategy Development * Startup Team Development The first company I started and sold is VAVi Sport & Social Club which grew to over 25,000 members in six years, was recognized as San Diego’s 30th fastest growing private company in 2006 by the San Diego Business Journal and 32nd fastest in 2007, and sold for over 25X the capital investment.