To qualify for exemption under section 501(c)(3), an organization must be organized exclusively for purposes described in that section. This means, among other things, that the organization’s organizing documents must contain certain provisions. The IRS provides sample organizing documents that contain the required provisions.
Good governance is important to increase the likelihood that organizations will comply with the tax law, protect their charitable assets and, thereby, best serve their charitable beneficiaries. Accordingly, charities should consider governance practices and related topics to assure sound operations and compliance with the tax law.
In addition to the topics mentioned above, state law governs filing requirements for and the contents of articles of organization.