2017 ORS 65.047¹
Articles of incorporation

(1) The articles of incorporation formed pursuant to this chapter subsequent to October 3, 1989, shall set forth:

(a) A corporate name for the corporation that satisfies the requirements of ORS 65.094 (Corporate name);

(b) One of the following statements or words of similar import:

(A) This corporation is a public benefit corporation;

(B) This corporation is a mutual benefit corporation; or

(C) This corporation is a religious corporation;

(c) The address, including street and number, of the corporation’s initial registered office and the name of its initial registered agent at that location;

(d) The name and address of each incorporator;

(e) An alternate corporate mailing address which shall be that of the principal office, as defined in ORS 65.001 (Definitions), to which notices, as required by this chapter, may be mailed until the principal office of the corporation has been designated by the corporation in its annual report;

(f) Whether or not the corporation will have members as that term is defined in this chapter; and

(g) Provisions regarding the distribution of assets on dissolution.

(2) The articles of incorporation may set forth:

(a) The names and addresses of the initial directors;

(b) Provisions regarding:

(A) The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized;

(B) Managing and regulating the affairs of the corporation;

(C) Defining, limiting and regulating the powers of the corporation, its board of directors, and members or any class of members; and

(D) The characteristics, qualifications, rights, limitations and obligations attaching to each or any class of members;

(c) A provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director or uncompensated officer to the corporation or its members for monetary damages for conduct as a director or officer, provided that no such provision shall eliminate or limit the liability of a director or officer for any act or omission occurring prior to the date when such provision becomes effective, and such provision shall not eliminate or limit the liability of a director or officer for:

(A) Any breach of the director’s or officer’s duty of loyalty to the corporation or its members;

(B) Acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law;

(C) Any unlawful distribution;

(D) Any transaction from which the director or officer derived an improper personal benefit; and

(E) Any act or omission in violation of ORS 65.361 (Director conflict of interest) to 65.367 (Liability for unlawful distributions); and

(d) Any provision that under this chapter is required or permitted to be set forth in the bylaws.

(3) The incorporator or incorporators must sign the articles and before including the name of any individual as a director shall state that they have obtained the consent of each director named to serve.

(4) The articles of incorporation need not set forth any of the corporate powers enumerated in this chapter but may restrict them in order to meet federal tax code requirements or other purposes. [1989 c.1010 §21]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 65—Nonprofit Corporations, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors065.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.