ASSEMBLYMEMBER CHAU HOLDS WORKSHOP TO HELP KEEP NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN SHIPSHAPE

MONTEREY PARK – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) hosted a workshop to provide local service oriented nonprofits with some tips on Federal and California laws surrounding fundraising and reporting requirements.

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CA Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park)

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“The non-profit sector plays a critical role in serving the needs our communities,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Many of the organizations in attendance today benefited from discussions regarding industry trends, best practices, and were given an opportunity to network.”

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The workshop included presentations by Nancy Berlin, Policy Director for the California Association of Non-Profits; Patrick Anderson, Community Development Project Attorney at Public Counsel; and Audrey Rowe, Program Specialist, at the Franchise Tax Board, Exempt Organizations Unit.

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Audrey Rowe

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Nancy Berlin

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Patrick Anderson

The California Association of Non-Profits is an organization that works to unify its 10,000 non-profit members under advocacy and uses its voice to speak to government agencies and Legislators. Public Counsel offers pro-bono legal services for over 30,000 groups, including nonprofit organizations, through impact litigation and policy advocacy. The Franchise Tax Board collects the personal income tax and corporate income tax of California.

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With over 80,000 non-profit organizations in California, this sector is the third largest of all industries behind retail trade and manufacturing.  However, measures, such as California’s Non-Profit Integrity Act of 2004, set guidelines that non-profits may not be aware of.  This workshop was geared toward increasing that awareness and identifying services that are vital in bridging the gap between community and organizations.  In attendance were representatives from worship organizations, educational institutions, cultural outreach programs, healthcare providers, and athletic services.

Assemblymember Ed Chau represents the 49th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City, and portions of El Monte, Montebello, and South El Monte.

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