Nonprofit Links


These links are to some of the excellent resources provided by the California and federal government to assist nonprofits with legal requirements. The Attorney General’s Guide for Charities provides a great overview of the fundamentals of starting and running a nonprofit. The California Secretary of State’s office provides sample forms, including articles of incorporation, and California’s Tax Service Center helps with all things related to tax exemption.

California Department of Justice

Attorney General’s Guide for Charities

Resources for Nonprofit Charitable Organizations




California Secretary of State

Articles of Incorporation

Certificate of Amendment – Nonprofit

Restated Articles of Incorporation – Nonprofit

Statement of Information – Nonprofit

Certificate of Election to Wind Up and Dissolve or Dissolution – Nonprofit

Nonprofit corporation filing tips (articles of incorporation and certificates of election/dissolution)

California Corporations Code

California Code of Regulations

California Franchise Tax Board

Charities and Nonprofits

Exempt Organizations (Pub 927)

Exempt Organizations Filing Requirements and Filing Fees (Pub 1068)

California Revenue and Taxation Code

California Tax Service Center

Nonprofits/Exempt Organizations

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Tax Information for Charities and Other Non-Profits

IRS Stay Exempt: Tax Basics for Exempt Organizations

Life Cycle of a Tax Exempt Organization

Tax Exempt Status For Your Organization (Pub 557)

Tax Code, Regulations and Guidance

Other links of interest for nonprofits

Public Counsel’s Community Development Practice Publications

Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California

The Foundation Center



Community Initiatives

Recommended Reading List