Below are some resources for Nonprofits - The first four should be checked annually as well as before you join a board.

Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the California Secretary of State (check corporation):

https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/

Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the California Attorney General's office:

http://rct.doj.ca.gov/Verification/Web/Search.aspx?facility=Y

Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the IRS:

https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/mainSearch.do;jsessionid=WhO37C6xq+88PbBtaps7jA__?mainSearchChoice=pub78&dispatchMethod=selectSearch

Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the California Franchise Tax Board:

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/help/business/entity-status-letter.asp

Below is a link to the IRS's page to file the Form 990N (aka e-postcard) for Tax Exempt organizations with less than $50,000 in gross revenues:

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/annual-electronic-filing-requirement-for-small-exempt-organizations-form-990-n-e-postcard

Below is a link to the California FTB's page to file the Form 199N (aka e-postcard) for Tax Exempt organizations with less than $50,000 in gross revenues:

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/file/business/types/charities-nonprofits/199N.asp

Below is a link to the Form RRF-1 on the California Attorney General's website.  This form must be filed annually (Form 990, 990N or 990-ez should be attached to this filing):

https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/rrf1_form.pdf

The RRF-1 can now be filed online as well at http://rct.doj.ca.gov/eGov/Login.aspx.

Here's a link to techsoup an organization that makes discounted software available to Tax Exempt organizations:

http://www.techsoup.org/

 

Sales and Use Tax Basics for Various Types of Nonprofit Organizations (on the California Department of Taxes and Fees website):

https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/formspubs/pub18.pdf

The two websites below can be used to access prior year's tax returns and find other information about Tax Exempt organizations:

www.guidestar.org

www.charitynavigator.org

Below are some templates for policies that most nonprofits should have:

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