A non-profit organization , like its counterpart, the profit-seeking corporation, must have a name if it is to exist as a legal entity. Most states impose statutory restrictions on the selection of a name, with little or no distinction between the rules governing the business corporation and the non-profit corporation. For example, in Ohio the two sections of the Revised Code relating to corporate names are virtually identical. The Ohio statute serves to illustrate the policy reasons for the state's policing of the selection of a corporate name. Two important considerations are set forth in the statute: first, that the name selected shall not mislead the public, and second, that a name selected not be so similar to that of an existing corporation as to cause confusion.
Sheila M. Kahoe,
Non-Profit Corporations' Names,
21 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol21/iss1/13