Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REGULATION OF NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS The California Attorney General is responsible for the regulation of nonprofit organizations for public policy reasons.  The Attorney General represents all the public beneficiaries of charity, who cannot sue in their own right.  Therefore, all charities must register with the Attorney General and the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts maintains public files and financial reports for all charities registered in California.  The Attorney General has the power to oversee the operations of Public Benefit Corporations. The Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section has investigative audit powers and may bring [...]

Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations2020-03-22T12:59:08-07:00

Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation

WHAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE NONPROFIT PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION? Membership for a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation is optional.  The reasons for providing membership in a nonprofit include: (1) Attract funds through membership, or (2) Establish support in the community.  However, many administrative burdens are associated with forming a membership organization and it is more common for a nonprofit to not have members.   If the nonprofit includes membership, the Bylaws must address the controlling provisions for membership such as qualifications, method of selection, expulsion, dues and fees, notice and frequency of meetings, the number required for a quorum to make decisions, [...]

Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation2020-03-20T22:42:39-07:00

How Does A Nonprofit Obtain Tax Exemption Status?

TAX EXEMPTION STATUS The major benefit of charitable nonprofit organizations is that they may qualify for exemption from Federal and State income tax.  In addition, corporate donors may deduct contributions to organizations that are exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code from their personal Federal income tax.  A tax professional must be retained by the nonprofit because of the complexities involved. The process for obtaining tax-exempt status is separate from the incorporation process.    FEDERAL INCOME TAX EXEMPTION Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which is codified in Title 26 of the United States Code, states that the [...]

How Does A Nonprofit Obtain Tax Exemption Status?2020-03-13T21:55:47-07:00