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.
The Colorado Secretary of State has produced a 5-part board training course and self-assessment tool.
The New York State Office of the Attorney General has numerous guides on all aspects of charitable activities.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section has several handbooks for charities.
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.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has published a guidebook for Vermont charities and a report on professional fundraising in Vermont.
The Washington Secretary of State and Office of the Attorney General offer guidance for board members in English and Spanish: