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A properly run nonprofit organization must focus on accomplishing its mission within a complex regulatory environment. Besides the many legal issues impacting all organizations, whether for-profit or nonprofit, nonprofits typically operate within two additional legal frameworks -- state charity law and federal tax law. The complexity of these frameworks can be difficult to navigate. This site contains resources to help understand and navigate them.

This site is organized to correspond with three primary periods of a nonprofit's lifecycle -- Formation, Operation, and Dissolution.

The information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, in the event any information presented conflicts with applicable law, the law applies. The Attorney General encourages anyone forming, operating, or otherwise acting for or on behalf of a nonprofit organization to seek qualified professional advice. Inclusion of a link to an external site or material does not constitute the Attorney General's endorsement or approval of the site or material, or its contents.