Guidebooks and Publications

Guidebooks and Publications

Many states produce guidebooks with information about regulatory compliance, theft avoidance, and best practices for charities.  While these publications are based on state specific charity law, much of the guidance can be helpful to any charity.  Below are links to these guides, by state of publication.


Gift-in-Kind Schemes FAQ


The Colorado Secretary of State has produced a 5-part board training course and self-assessment tool.

Nonprofit Board Member Course

New York

The New York State Office of the Attorney General has numerous guides on all aspects of charitable activities.

General Guides and Publications


The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section has several handbooks for charities.

Guide for Charity Board Members

Avoiding Theft in Your Nonprofit

Handbook for Nonprofits


The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, the Tennessee Secretary of State, and the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville, Tennessee have jointly produced a guidebook for Tennessee charities.

What Every Board Member and Officer Should Know: A Guidebook for Tennessee Nonprofits.


The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has published a guidebook for Vermont charities and a report on professional fundraising in Vermont.

Understanding Your Responsibilities:  Guidance for Board Members of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations in Vermont.

Where Have All the Dollars Gone.


The Washington Secretary of State and Office of the Attorney General offer guidance for board members in English and Spanish:

Charity & Nonprofit Board Service in Washington State. 

Organizaciones de Caridad y sin Fines de Lucro: El Servicio en Sus Consejos de Administración en el Estado de Washington