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):
Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the California Attorney General's office:
Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the IRS:
Below is a link to check a nonprofit's status with the California Franchise Tax Board:
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:
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:
Below is a link to the Form RRF-1 on the California Attorney General's website. This form must be filed annually (Form 990 or 990-ez should be attached to this filing):
The RRF-1 can now be filed online as well at http://rct.doj.ca.gov/eGov/Login.aspx.
Nonprofits with gross receipts less than $50,000 now must file Form CT-TR-1 along with their Form RRF-1 (note this is not required for organizations over $50,000 as they attach their 990 or 990-ez):
Here's a link to techsoup an organization that makes discounted software available to Tax Exempt organizations:
Sales and Use Tax Basics for Various Types of Nonprofit Organizations (on the California Department of Taxes and Fees website):
The two websites below can be used to access prior year's tax returns and find other information about Tax Exempt organizations:
Below are some templates for policies that most nonprofits should have: