Open Wide and Say Argh! An Annual Health Check-Up for Your California Nonprofit Corporation


When you volunteered to become an officer of your California nonprofit corporation, you may have thought you would be spending your volunteer hours bringing musical education to public schools, raising money for flight training scholarship for women pilots, or working toward some other laudable charitable goal. This is true. However, what you may not have realized is that you have also accepted a small host of legal responsibilities.

As an officer or director of a California nonprofit corporation, you have a duty to act on behalf of the corporation to ensure that the corporation complies with state and federal laws. Your first step will be to conduct a corporate health check-up. Open wide the corporate records, say “argh!” if appropriate, and then take steps to bring it into compliance.

This article outlines the steps you need to take to determine the current condition of your corporation.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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