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501(c)3 Tax Status Presentation: Special Members-Only Meeting Saturday, February 27

At the 2015 annual meeting, the LWVWNC board was directed by its membership to explore converting our tax status to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As part of that effort and to educate our members in the process and potential benefits, please join us for a special member's-only meeting and presentation by Tom Carson, a former Treasurer and Budget Chair for the LWVC. Tom is recognized by the LWVUS and LWVC as an expert on the subject, having conducted extensive research on the matter and helped many local League chapters in California make the conversion. Members who would like a complete overview can preview a manual that Tom has written on the subject (PDF, 831 KB). It is highly recommended that all members attend, as this will be the best opportunity to learn about the implications of becoming a 501c3 and its many benefits, as well as address questions or concerns to an expert on the matter.

Tom Carson

Tom has been active at all levels of League, most particularly in financial roles, and has worked with almost all local Leagues in California. He served as Treasurer of LWV California in 2011-13, following four years as its Budget Chair. Tom has also focused heavily on voter service, both in his own League and with LWVC.

Tom currently is president of his local League, Budget Chair (and soon to be Treasurer) for the LWV Los Angeles County ILO, and LWVUS and LWVC consultant for state and local Leagues interested in converting to tax status under Sec. 501(c)(3). He is also very proud of the fact that his wife is currently a member of the LWVUS Board of Directors and Chair of its Advocacy Committee.


Tom will review with us his experiences advising numerous state and local Leagues in converting to Sec. 501(c)(3). He will discuss how well this new tax status works with League organizations, and how this status can be of benefit to our League with almost no additional work. And he will describe his assistance to Leagues which do convert, outlining the relatively few steps in the process.

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