Name Change Procedures
Infrequently, Chapters find that the name they are using does not suit their organization or mission. Changing the name of a chapter is a significant event that should be given careful attention.
After that chapter reaches its own conclusions about changing its name, Apra International requires that the chapter leadership:
- Present the new proposed name in a letter to the Apra Board of Directors. The reasons for the change must be included in the letter. If any other chapters or significant geographic segments of Apra’s members or potential members are or will be impacted by the name change, the research and outcome of these issues must be clearly outlined in the letter. The Apra Board of Directors approves all chapter names.
- Chapters cannot print or publicize their proposed chapter name change until a member of the Apra Board of Directors communicates notification of approval and all listed steps have been completed.
- If your chapter is incorporated, you will need to fill out an Articles of Amendment form from the state in which your chapter is incorporated. There may be a charge for this filing. If your chapter is incorporated in Illinois, the fee is $25.00.
- Your chapter’s name change must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). Write a letter to the appropriate state IRS office. Mark the letter “Attention: Entity Control.” You must include the current name of your chapter and the chapter’s FEIN. Indicate that you are changing the name of your chapter and include the new chapter name in your letter. A chapter officer must sign and date the letter. Include the officer’s chapter title, telephone number and fax number.
If you have any questions, please contact APRA Headquarters or call (312) 321-5196.