State Laws Governing Nonprofit Corporations


Several states have modeled their state laws after the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, which was approved by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association in 1964 and revised in 1987. Other states have not explicitly adopted either version of the model act but may borrow provisions from the model legislation. Another source of law governing nonprofit entities appears in the form of the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act, which was approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1996. Eleven states have adopted this uniform law, which serves as a complement to the model act.

ALABAMA: Alabama has adopted both the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act and the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

ARKANSAS: Arkansas has adopted both the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act and the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

COLORADO: Colorado has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

DELAWARE: Delaware has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The District of Columbia has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

HAWAII: Hawaii has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

IDAHO: Idaho has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

INDIANA: Indiana has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

MONTANA: Montana has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

TEXAS: Texas has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

WASHINGTON: Washington has adopted the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act.

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin has adopted the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.

WYOMING: Wyoming has adopted both the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act and the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act.