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Establishing a Nonprofit Organization

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Art Share LA, 801 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013


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Establishing a Nonprofit Organization
with Corey Carter, Esq. & Jenn Smucker, co-founder & co-director of loveart&

In this workshop, we will discuss the key components to establishing a nonprofit. First, the speakers will discuss the available business formations available and why entrepreneurs might chose to start a nonprofit. They will then discuss ways to assess the needs of the community and the viability of your nonprofit.

Then you'll learn practical tips, and some pitfalls to avoid, in applying to the IRS for tax exempt status. Participants will also learn what is needed to comply with state and federal regulations to keep the nonprofit in good standing.

Finally, we will discuss creating by-laws, forming a board of directors, fundraising options, and some practical tips for keeping your non-profit viable.


Corey Carter, Esq. is an attorney whose practice focuses on business formation, business transactions, contracts, intellectual property (copyright and trademark), and consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Carter is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Central District of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association (CDCBAA), California Lawyers for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Jenn Smucker, co-founder and co-president of loveart&, loves the outdoors, surfing, sun and photography. originally from the Chesapeake Bay in Solomons, Maryland, Jenn went on to graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in international relations.

After moving to California, Jenn attended the San Francisco Art Institute for Photography and afterward began her long-standing involvement with arts non-profit organizations including, the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Luggage Store Gallery, in the areas of communication, finance and management.

Jenn holds a California teaching credential and has taught high school in San Francisco. she believes that everyone, especially young people, should have access to creative outlets and inspiring encounters; and that these opportunities have the power to broaden perspectives and transform lives

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; 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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