What’s In A Name?

I am sometimes asked if a nonprofit can prevent other organizations from using their name. States do not allow corporations to have the same name, so once you have incorporated in your state, no one else can use that name in your state. The IRS, however, allows 501(c)(3) nonprofits to have the same name, so if a group incorporates in another state using your name, the IRS will allow it.
One way to distinguish your nonprofit from others is to use a geographical designation in the name, such as Georgia Movement for Youth, or Cook County Conservation Alliance.

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