How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California Paperback – May 29 2011
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For an intensive quick study that explains nonprofit corporations in plain English, I recommend [How To Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California]. -- Rudolph Solomon, San Francisco Examiner
If youre thinking of forming a nonprofit corporation in California, youll find this handbook invaluable. -- MacUser
When it comes to self-help legal stuff, nobody does a better job than Nolo. -- USA Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Attorney Anthony Mancuso, a corporations and limited liability company expert, is author of Nolos bestselling corporate and LLC law series. He is the author and programmer of LLC Maker, software to form an LLC in each state, and many Nolo business-formation books, including: How To Form Your Own Limited liability Company, Nolo's Quick LLC, Your Limited Liability Company: An Operating Manual, How to Form Your Own Corporation (California, New York, and Texas editions); How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (National and California Editions); Nolo's California Quick Corp; and The Corporate Minutes Book. He is also co-author of How to Create a Buy-Sell Agreement & Control the Destiny of Your Small Business. His books and software have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form an LLC or incorporate. He also is a guitarist and licensed helicopter pilot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So here is what you will get out of the book:
1)Should you form a non-profit or a regular business?
He discusses the advantages and disadvanges of a non-profit.
2)501(c)(3)- What is it, do you qualify?
He goes in to detail on if your organization's purpose and activities qualifies you as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with all of its tax advantages. This is a key and important consideration. He also goes into the detail about the structure of your organization- the directors, officers, and how officer's/director's salaries and family affliations might affect non-profit status. He gives plenty of examples, which I found very helpful.
(3)Step by Step filing of articles of incorporation with the State of California.
He gives sample articles of incorporation for "public benefit corporations", which a general category as well as religious corporations. He give plenty of information on how to modify these articles to your individual needs.
(4)Step by Step creation of Bylaws. Again, discussion of each point in the bylaws with suggestions for modification to suit your needs.
(5)Filing for tax exempt status with the State of California and the IRS. This is potentially the most daunting part of the process, but I found that he takes you through it slowly, step by step, to make it as painless as possible although I am sure it is still a somewhat painful process.
(6)Finally he takes you through how to keep corporate records, and conducting your first board of directors meetings.
All of the forms, sample bylaws, articles of incorporation, IRS instructions, etc. are found on the CD rom that comes with the book.
What the book doesn't provide:
--Some practical and common questions did remain unanswered. For example, Lets say you pour seed money into a non-profit corporation, from your own pocket, to pay for travel, meetings, conferences and other promotional activity. Is this tax deductable to you?
--Doesn't offer very much guidance of where there are free university and other resources for new non-profits. This would have been very helpful.
Perhaps both of these like that are beyond the scope of the book.
If you are looking for a book that will give you an very good understanding the structure of a non-profit corporation and a practical step by step guide of how to form one and fill out the proper paperwork, I highly recommend this book.
Anthony Mancuso is a corporations corporations attorney licensed to practice law in California. He decided to take his standard corporate form and put it out in the form of a book. In the book he will ask you a bunch of questions, taking the time to point out the alternatives (that a lawer probably doesn't do unless asked. You then take his standard corporation form (supplied on a CD) and fill in the answers. Files these with the appropriate offices and you have a corporation for only the filing fees the state charges.
The forms used here have been used thousands of time to form California corporations. This is the eleventh edition of this book, it reflects the latest changes in California law. Non-profits never have any money. Doing this work yourself will literally save the corporation hundreds of dollars that your organization probably doesn't have.
A friend recently filed for a 501c(3) for the same purpose as me (educational). Her filing fees and legal costs have totaled over $800.00. Mine, including the purchase of this book, are estimated at $300.00! That's a huge savings, especially for a small group like mine...
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