This program examines the process of forming a California nonprofit entity, going through the legal considerations involved in each step in detail. We start with a discussion of some of the appropriate things to consider before beginning the formation process and then turn to the mechanics of formation, including drafting Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and a Conflict of Interest Policy. We also cover other legal considerations that apply to California nonprofits, including registration requirements at the state level.
Most nonprofits are required to separately seek recognition of tax-exemption at the state and federal levels, so we take a close look at the requirements for exemption and the application process, focusing primarily on 501(c)(3) organizations. Finally, we briefly touch on some alternatives to forming a California nonprofit that may be attractive in certain circumstances.
Throughout the session, Erin Bradrick, Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group, illustrates concepts through examples and provides information on how to access additional resources.
This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit
Erin Bradrick is Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group and a regular contributor to the Nonprofit Law Blog, The Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Daily Journal. Erin’s practice focuses on corporate, governance, charitable trust, and tax matters solely for nonprofit and exempt organizations. She has worked with many types of exempt entities, including public charities, private foundations, social welfare organizations, business leagues, social clubs, churches, and schools.
Erin has experience working on a broad range of matters, including nonprofit formations, fiscal sponsorship, foreign and domestic grant making, earned income and the unrelated business income tax (UBIT), lobbying and advocacy activities, collective impact models, executive compensation and excess benefit transactions, donor advised funds, private benefit and private inurement matters, chapter and affiliation structures, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions. She also conducts trainings for nonprofit Boards of Directors on a range of governance issues and speaks on nonprofit legal issues to various audiences.
Prior to joining NEO Law Group, Erin was a litigation associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she worked on a number of complex commercial litigation matters. In addition, Erin clerked for the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the YWCA of San Francisco & Marin.
Erin is a graduate of UCLA, summa cum laude in Women’s Studies and Political Science, and Yale Law School, where she was Submissions Director and Symposium Coordinator of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York.
Extremely helpful and informative
There was so much interesting information packed in this program!
This was excellent - well organized, informative with a good flow.
very pleasant instructor with great knowledge
Chronological explanation of ateps to formation was easy to follow.
very good introduction. thank you so much
really liked this speaker
this was excellent, covered huge ground and very useful
This was an excellent presentation!
well laid out overview. very helpful
excellent and compact! Well-presented and documented.