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  • Series: How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (W/Disk)
  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 10 edition (May 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413313868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413313864
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This clearly written book contains step-by-step instructions on how to form a non-profit corporation in any state." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

"Scads of tax and legal considerations, with forms and state rules." BusinessWeek"

A useful resource to help you get underway is How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation..." Paul & Sarah Edwards Entrepreneur Magazine

About the Author

Anthony Mancuso is a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and studies advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for Silicon Valley EDA (Electronic Design Automation) companies, most recently working on a C++ open-source integrated circuit database project team. He is the author of several Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, and LLC or Corporation?. He wrote and programmed Nolo's LLC Maker and Incorporator Pro software programs, which generate state-by-state articles and other forms for organizing corporations and LLCs. His books and software have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in many musical idioms.

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Anthony Mancuso is a California attorney and a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and has studied advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also works as a technical writer, and is currently employed by Google.org in Mountain View, CA. He is the author of many Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, LLC or Corporation?, and Your Limited Liability Company - an Operating Manual. His books have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in various musical idioms.

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This is the best book I've seen on the subject which is written to and for the layperson.
Jeffrey Huntington
I highly recommend this book to anyone considering starting up a nonprofit and especially when filing for their 501c3.
Carl Randolph
I found this book to be an excellent overview of the legal process of forming a nonprofit corporation.
AK_girl

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Scott on January 13, 2012
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I love non-fiction books that actually do what they claim will do -- and this book definitely falls into that category!

I am founding a private school in Houston called "Summerhill School for Gifted Performers" and was advised that I needed to form a nonprofit corporation and apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. I didn't even know how to start THINKING about that! My friend recommended this book and said to just read each step and follow it. I was suspicious, but girded my loins and dove in. It was evident right away that this book would take me very carefully and very thoroughly through each tiny step of the process.

I am about halfway through the book and have cut my way right through a good-size pile scary red tape. I have registered our school's name, chosen a board of directors, and filed our articles of incorporation with the secretary of state's office. It was actually MUCH easier than I thought it would be. Next steps: bylaws and 501(c)(3) application.

You COULD hire an attorney to do all of this for you, but why?!? This book makes it very possible to do all this on your own!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. S. REED on July 17, 2011
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THE BOOK FOR NON-PROFITS It is a lot more than we need for a Friends of the Library group. It covers all bases with a CD of forms to fill out. Gives examples of 501c3 groups of all kinds. Some have staff, buildings and money. Some are all volunteer and have few funds, like us.
There are older editions of this book in some of our county libraries but all are in the REFERENCE section. I'll ask our librarian to let this one circulate when we donate it to the library. Lots for groups who wonder about:
*incorporation with the Department of State in their state
*By-laws, constitution
*Board of Directors
and many other topics will find this book VERY VALUABLE. Evidently California non-profits need their own book. Also available from NOLO.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AK_girl on November 22, 2011
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I found this book to be an excellent overview of the legal process of forming a nonprofit corporation. It is not a stand-alone book -- I've had to do a LOT of additional research -- but it is a very good place to start and easy to digest. The NOLO website is helpful, also.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2012
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I think this book is appropriate for somebody wanting to know general information about the 501(c)(3) status. As I found, questions I had for starting a nonprofit required a lot of additional research that wasn't covered in the book.

In the ideal world, there won't be issues when you want to create a nonprofit to accomplish approved purposes. There is no substitute for looking at the most recent IRS Form 1023 and reading the IRS Instructions for Form 1023. Also, Form 990 and the Instructions for Schedule L are mandatory reading. In the real world, decisions are sometimes a lot more complicated than one expects.

By first going through the above forms and instructions to them, one is then usually prepared to begin a deliberative process concerning the issues that matter. The book covers a lot of points that won't matter to somebody in the process of creating a nonprofit, and it can't possibly cover all the nuances that can arise during the process.

Therefore, I think it's a good idea to get this book for the purpose of reading generally about starting a nonprofit. At the same time, I don't think of it as a tool that will be the one and only resource to take somebody through the process. While any time is a great time to launch a nonprofit, there are lots of potential pitfalls to consider that go beyond the scope of any one book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WeCanCanChangeTogetherRN on October 28, 2012
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I am so impressed with this book. My lawyer friend recommended it to me to help me get started in establishing a charitable foundation in honor of my late mother.

It is a wonderful step-by-step guide that combines instruction with information, as well as highlighting crucial pieces of knowledge to keep in line with federal and state laws and regulations.

It also includes a bevy of forms, a great CD and links to websites and resources to aid in the process of establishing a non-profit, as well as how to keep it running legally and efficiently. I couldn't be happier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOROTHY ELERDING on January 9, 2013
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Any one who is thinking about forming a nonprofit 501(c)3 should consider purchasing this book. It is very comprehensive and detailed on each Section, Article and Number you will encounter on the state and federal forms. It will get you through getting an EIN number, your Articles of Incorporation, ByLaws that will pass government scrutiny and help you traverse the maze of the California 3500 and the Federal 1023. It is a painful long process but this book is a very helpful friend to have along.
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This is the best book I've seen on the subject which is written to and for the layperson. You may still need an attorney and some help with IRS, but there is much you can do yourself and in any event, it will help to have started out in the right direction.
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With this book, one can work through the many details involved in obtaining non-profit status. And there are many, many details! Even should you decide to employ legal help with bylaws, corporate filings, and non-profit applications, this is a great resource for understand the process and the requirements. Highly recommended!
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