Monday, July 28, 2014

The Office of Secretary of State's Corporations and Charities Division is sponsoring a Nonprofit and Charity Education Symposium in Longview on April 22.

The seminar, designed for those who help run a charity or nonprofit organization or those serving or considering service on a related board, is at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center, 1900 – 7th Ave., and is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The symposium's main focus is governance. The morning session will address maintaining nonprofit status and legal obligations of boards. Featured presenter is Lorri Anne Dunsmore of Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations.

The afternoon session will focus on state tax requirements for charities and nonprofits, registration and renewal requirements, and special-occasion licensing for bingo, raffles and adult beverages. Presentations will be made by officials with the state Department of Revenue, Liquor Control Board, Gambling Commission and Office of Secretary of State.

A question-and-answer session follows.

"The Longview symposium will be a great way for people to learn and understand how to start and operate a nonprofit or charity," said Teresa Glidden, charity and nonprofit education coordinator for the Corporations and Charities Division.

"We want to be sure that every charity and nonprofit organization, regardless of its size, has access to the knowledge it needs in order to be successful and comply with state registration and reporting requirements," Glidden said. "We also want board members to be aware of their fiduciary duties to the organizations they are serving."

There is a $10 per-person charge to help defray the costs of the facility and catering. Registrants can pay online when they register by credit or debit card. Registration is limited and available online here. For more info about the event, contact Glidden at (360) 725-0373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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