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An Introduction to Non-Profit Formation

  • Thursday, August 26, 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM



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Join California Lawyers for the Arts and C. James Diego Gómez of For Purpose Law for a virtual workshop on the basics of non-profit formation. 

This virtual workshop is intended to serve as a basic introduction to Non-profit Formation, specifically under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) as a public charity. This introduction will describe the process in California, but will describe the general process applicable to any other U.S. state.  

Some questions this workshop will help answer are; Is starting a non-profit the right path?; The difference between the non-profit and for-profit sector; What is a public charity/501(c)(3) status?; What are the steps for incorporation at the state level?; What are the steps for applying for Federal Tax exemption?; What are the steps for applying for State Tax Exemption?; What is Charitable Solicitation?; and What to do if you want to fundraise/operate in other states outside the state you formed in?

About Our Speaker

C. James Diego Gómez is an Associate Attorney at For Purpose Law Group, LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in representing non-profit organizations located in Bankers Hill San Diego. Mr. Gómez is a native San Diegan and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Law & Society from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  He earned his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. Conor has a background in the arts and was a professional ballet dancer prior to attending law school.  He has performed with the California Ballet Company in San Diego and remains connected to the dance community.  Mr. Gómez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. He has also created and hosted workshops on copyright and choreography for the American Ballet Theatre in New York, Visionary Dance Company in San Diego, and he has guest lectured in UC Irvine’s Dance Department on copyright, contracts, and choreographic trusts. During law school, Mr. Gómez was honored for his performance in Tax-Exempt Organizations with the Masin Family Foundation Academic Excellence Gold Award for performing at the top of his class. He also earned a Certificate in Arts Management from UC Irvine as well as certificates in teaching and course design while completing his Juris Doctor. After graduation, Mr. Gómez accepted the UC Office of the President’s Public Service Fellowship. Under this fellowship Mr. Gómez worked for the California Lawyers for the Arts in their Alternative Dispute Resolution arm providing services in English and Spanish."

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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