How to Form a Club in California
An Introduction

This web site is meant only as a guideline and you are advised to consult with an attorney. You can save a lot of money if you try to understand what you need to do and attempt to fill out the forms as best you can before meeting with the attorney. There are also books available to assist you.

The purpose of this web site is help an organization create a Ski or Snowboard Club in the State of California. Essentially you need to establish your club as a corporation. In most cases, you will be applying as a nonprofit tax exempt corporation. While clubs generally fall under two categories, most clubs are classified as IRS 501(c)(7) or California 23701g corporations. In some rare cases, a club may qualify under IRS 501(c)(3) or California 23701d.

  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation for charitable organizations
    • IRS 501(c)(3) / 23701d
  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations for social and recreation organizations
    • IRS 501(c)(7) / 23701g

What's included in this site

  • Federal & California Forms needed
  • Steps Required to Form a Ski or Snowboard Club
  • Sample Articles of Incorportation & By-Laws

When filling out forms or writing your Articles of Incorporation or By-Laws, remember to keep it simple. Do not expand on questions asked and answer only what is asked for.

| An Intro | Forms | Steps | Samples |
| Goals | Name | EIN | Articles | ByLaws | Budget |
| Fed Exempt | CA Exempt | Fed Taxes | CA Taxes |

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This information is provided courtesty Pacific Rim Alliance,
a member of Los Angeles & San Diego Councils, FWSA and NSAA
last revised 17 October 2003 by A Cat Meowz Designz

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