Nonprofit Corporations

ORS 65.067
Corporation sole


Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, an individual may, in conformity with the constitution, canons, rules, regulations and disciplines of a church or religious denomination, form a corporation sole under this section. A corporation sole is a form of religious corporation and differs from other religious corporations organized under this chapter only in that the corporation sole does not have a board of directors, does not need to have officers and is managed by a single director who is the individual who constitutes the corporation and is the corporation sole’s incorporator or the successor of the incorporator.


The name of the corporation sole is the same as the office within the church or religious denomination that the incorporator holds, followed by the words “and successors, a corporation sole.”


Except to the extent that a provision of this chapter is not applicable to a corporation sole’s form of organization, all of the provisions of this chapter apply to a corporation sole. If the corporation sole has no officers, the director may perform any act that an officer may perform with the same effect and in the same manner as though one or more officers of the corporation sole performed the act.


If a corporation sole or the individual that constitutes the corporation sole is the only member of a religious corporation, the religious corporation need not hold an annual membership meeting under ORS 65.201 (Annual and regular meetings) if the religious corporation is:


Incorporated under the provisions of this chapter; and


Of the same church or religious denomination as the corporation sole.


A corporation sole may not be formed or incorporated in this state on or after June 8, 2015. A corporation sole that exists before June 8, 2015, may continue to operate as a corporation sole, subject to the provisions of this chapter. [1989 c.1010 §27; 2013 c.139 §1; 2015 c.278 §1]


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Mar. 11, 2023