PLC Helps "Build Better Brains" by Assisting Pretend City Children's Museum

PLC Serves Orange County Groups at Nonprofit Legal Assessment Clinic Co-Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney and United Healthcare  


Garrett Heenan (Vice President & Senior General Council at OptimRX) with Michele Dickinson (Chief Financial Officer of Pretend City Children's Museum)


Pretend City Children's Museum believes "play changes the world" and its interconnected city is designed to "build better brains" through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role-playing and educational programming. It also takes some serious brainpower to keep this Orange County museum's 17 interactive exhibits and activities running smoothly. 

Tax Day Over? Actually, Tax Day for Most Nonprofits is May 15


PLC's Staff Attorney Sarah Efthymiou offers seven tax tips for nonprofits.


  1. File annual information returns with the IRS.
  2. Give individual donors receipts. 
  3. Pay taxes on unrelated business income if organized as a 501(c)(3). 
  4. Adopt and follow a process for approving contracts and compensation agreements with insiders (officer, directors and employees). 
  5. Know the restrictions on lobbying activities. 
  6. Refrain from all political campaign activity. 
  7. Consult an attorney when in doubt! 

To read more, click here.

Upcoming COLAP Events 

PLC's Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project Helps OC Nonprofits Address Legal Issues 


June 10 Starting a New Nonprofit? The 501(c)(3) Reality Checklist (In partnership with OneOC) 


Do you have a passion for a cause that you believe would best be served as a public charity? Do you have a concise mission statement? Have you created a business plan that will help you fulfill your mission? Have you assembled a board of directors? Do you know what legal steps you need to take to incorporate? 


This workshop will address these issues and show you the essential information you need to apply for nonprofit incorporation and tax-exempt status. Forming a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in California is not as easy as you may think-attend this class and come away with an understanding of the steps involved and where the resources are to help you make informed decisions. 


Facilitator: Sarah Efthymiou, Public Law Center 

Date/Time: June 10 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 


Location: OneOC Training Room, Suite 100 1901 E. 4th St. Santa Ana 

Fee: $85 

Register here


This Training will also be offered later in the year at the same location: September 9 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register here.  


To read more, click here.



June 10 

Starting a New Nonprofit? The 501c3 Reality Checklist

(In partnership with OneOC) 


June 16
2014 Volunteers for Justice Dinner

September 9

Starting a New Nonprofit? The 501c3 Reality Checklist

(In partnership with OneOC) 



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