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Research Guide - Nonprofit Corporations  

Resources for volunteers, board members, and others involved in nonprofit organizations, with a focus on California. Includes information for donors.
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Library resources

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Advising California Nonprofit Corporations - Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
Call Number: KFC 342 A385 2009
Available at ACLL in print and from ACLL's public computers or your laptop inside the library using OnLAW, a database of CEB publications.

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How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California - Anthony Mancuso
Call Number: KFC 342 A385 2009
Available at ACLL in print and for free online at Nolo e-books. For information on how to use this database click here.

Nonprofit vs. tax exempt

What is a nonprofit corporation? What determines whether a nonprofit is tax exempt?

According to the IRS, "State law governs nonprofit status, which is determined by an organization's articles of incorporation or trust documents. Federal law governs tax exempt status."


Online government resources


ACLL Contact Info

Alameda County Law Library

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  • Phone - Reference Desk (Oakland) 510-208-4832

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