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Starting a Nonprofit Arts Organization

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Self-Help Graphics, 1300 East 1st Street, Boyle Heights, CA 90033. (Free street parking available.)


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Starting a Nonprofit Arts Organization
with Adrienne Newsom, Esq.

We will discuss the key components to establishing a strong nonprofit, including how to incorporate as a California nonprofit, how to select and appoint the initial officers and directors, and how to apply for a taxpayer ID number. Participants will learn practical tips, and some pitfalls to avoid, in applying to the IRS for tax exempt status. Finally, participants will learn what is needed to comply with state and federal regulations to keep the nonprofit in good standing. 

Adrienne N. Newsom has over seventeen years of experience counseling charitable and religious organizations. Adrienne assists her clients on a full range of issues, including formation and tax-exempt status, governance, personnel issues, executive compensation, intellectual property, risk management, and charitable giving. Adrienne reviews and creates personnel policies and handbooks to ensure legal compliance, to increase productivity and to minimize exposure. Adrienne graduated from Tufts University and UCLA School of Law, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1993.

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



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