State Nonprofit Corporate Codes
Many churches, though not all, are governed by the nonprofit corporation statute of the state in which the church was incorporated. Below are links to the nonprofit corporation statutes for all fifty states.
- Some states do not have separate nonprofit corporation statutes and the links will go to the general corporation statute.
- Your church may be incorporated under a statute specific to religious corporations, or may not be incorporated at all, so different laws may apply.
- Please consult an attorney if you have questions about what laws apply to your church.
Alabama View (select Title 10, Chapter 3A)
Alaska View (Chapter 20)
Arizona View (Chapter 24)
Arkansas View (Title 4, Subtitle 3, Chapter 28)
California View (Division 2)
Colorado View (Title 7, Article 20)
Delaware View (no separate nonprofit corporation statute)
Georgia View (Title 14, Chapter 3)
Hawaii View (link to table of contents)
Indiana View (Article 17)
Kansas – 1 View
Kansas – 2 View
Louisiana View (Title 12, Chapter 2)
Maryland View (Corporations & Associations, Title 2; also see Title 5 Subtitle 2 Nonstock Corporations)
Mississippi View (Title 79, Chapter 11)
New Hampshire View
New Jersey View (Title 15A)
New Mexico View (Title 53, Article 8)
New York View
North Carolina View
Oklahoma View (18-1001 et seq.; see also 18-541 et seq. and 18-851 et seq.)
Pennsylvania View (Title 15, sec. 5101 et seq.)
Rhode Island View
South Carolina View
South Dakota View
Tennessee View (Title 46, Chapter 51 et seq.)
Texas View (Title 2, Chapter 22)
Washington, D.C. View
West Virginia View
Wyoming View (Title 17, Chapter 19)
OGC writes and compiles information with United Church of Christ settings specifically in mind. Information on these pages should not be relied upon as legal advice, and your access to this information does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Local Churches and United Church of Christ pastors in need of legal advice may contact their Conference for assistance with a referral to an attorney.