Book Title:

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California 11th Edition (Paperback)
by Anthony Mancuso

Editorial Reviews:


“If you’re thinking of forming a nonprofit corporation in California, you’ll find this handbook invaluable.”

San Francisco Examiner

“Includes examples of typical forms and formats for preparing the incorporating documents.”


“A useful resource to help you get underway.”

Book Description

The forms and information you need to give back to the community!

Most organizations trying to gain legal nonprofit status don’t have the money to pay a lawyer thousands of dollars for help. Fortunately, they don’t have to.

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation in California includes complete instructions for obtaining federal 501(c)(3) tax-exemption and for qualifying for public charity status with the IRS. It also provides:

  • line-by-line instructions for completing your application
  • instructions and completed sample clauses for preparing articles of incorporation
  • ready-to-use bylaws for membership and non-membership nonprofits
  • ready-to-use minutes for the organizational meeting
  • sheets with California’s specific legal and tax requirements

The 11th edition is completely updated to provide the latest rules and forms, including the new IRS Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(3)(c). It also covers the California Nonprofit Integrity Act of 2004.

This is also available as a corporate records binder: The California Nonprofit Corporation Kit.

About the Author

Attorney Anthony Mancuso is a corporations expert and author of Nolo’s bestselling corporate law series. He is the author of How to Form Your Own Corporation for California, New York, Florida and Texas; How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (National and California Editions); The Corporate Minutes Book; California Incorporator (software) and co-author of Nolo’s Partnership Maker (software) and 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 incorporate.