Starting a Maine Nonprofit Checklist

The following checklist provides basic guidance for how to start nonprofit in Maine. This is not a comprehensive breakdown or a definitive list of rules and requirements; it is intended to provide an overview of one way to start a nonprofit in Maine.

Furthermore, the process is different for each new nonprofit and the order of the items may change or overlap. Depending on the activities of your organization, other steps may be necessary that are not listed here (such as acquiring special licenses or permits or employment documentation).

You may also want to review our answers to frequently asked questions about the process of starting a nonprofit, and if you are looking for personalized support with the process, here are resources for coaching and consulting support.

If you are relocating a nonprofit to Maine that was first incorporated in another state, review this article, which outlines options available to you.


*Important Notice: Form changes occur periodically to implement new requirements. Forms may be eliminated or revised, or new forms may be created. Before submitting forms for filing, please be sure that you have the most recent version.