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How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California Paperback – May 29 2011

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  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 14 Pap/Cdr edition (May 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413313876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413313871
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,883,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 you’re thinking of forming a nonprofit corporation in California, you’ll 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 Nolo’s 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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Using this book and the CDRom we were able to learn exactly what we needed to do and how to complete all the paperwork necessary to obtain our nonprofit status. It will be a wonderful reference as our group goes through the normal process of growth and change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Step by Step Guide to Forming Your Non-Profit April 2 2006
By A. Flum - Published on
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This book is an excellent step by step guide for starting your non-profit corporation in California. The author does a lot of hand holding, which is especially helpful when it comes to filing your 1023 with the IRS which establishes your tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization.

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.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esential for staring a nonprofit organization April 20 2000
By Sharon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am working with a group in Sacramento to start a nonprofit French cultural group and school. Others suggested this jewel from Nolo press and it has been extrodinary. Initially, I checked it out from the library and found it so useful, I am purchasing it. The CD ROM provides all form letters and forms essential to register the organization. From state tax exemption, to federal tax exemption, to establishing a name and reduced tarriff postage, it's all there. They also provide step by step instructions to completing the dizzying federal tax exemption forms which will reduce days of your prep time. I strongly recommend this book!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good Oct. 8 2005
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This book has gotten us through filing papers with the Secretary of State. I haven't gotten into writing bylaws and filing tax forms yet--which should be much more challenging--but from skimming over those sections, I think I should be able to manage. I expect this book will have saved us hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in lawyer and accountant fees by the time our nonprofit is up and running.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does What an Attorney Does For LOTS Less Money Aug. 13 2005
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you go to an attorney to get him to set up a corporation, he will ask you a bunch of questions, write down the answers and get his secretary or paralegal to type these answers into their standard corporation form on their word processor. She will then press the print button and you get billed for a thousand dollars or so.

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Feb. 19 2007
By John M. Bloom - Published on
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This book has saved my theatre troupe hundreds of dollars. Easy to use and extremely helpful, it explains all of the legalease and other intricacies that go into filing for a 501c(3). A good for instance -

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...