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Non-profit in California

Asked by: Bridgett - 3 February, 2012
https://d25eic0jctudgb.cloudfront.net/images/site/avatars/default.png-f1597c1da25f30f8c1a941405e8391c8 We are starting a non-profit corporation. We will be seeking donations via mail and internet. The location will be California.
Answered by: Mary Dubitsky - 3 February, 2012
https://d25eic0jctudgb.cloudfront.net/images/site/avatars/549.jpg-00236ee2cca4d3f88de0a8444bbb050d Bridgett,

Soliciting donations via a website means that anyone in any state can donate to your charity. Simply having a ???donate here??? button on your website is viewed as a charitable solicitation in many states.

Some states may not aggressively enforce the registration of this type of solicitation, but it is not safe to take that risk. You will need to obtain charitable solicitation licenses in the 40 or so states that require them. You may also need to register your charity with the secretary of state in some of those states.

We can help you file these initial registrations and navigate this tricky field.

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