V. Minnesota-Organized Nonprofits and Charitable Gambling

Charities and charitable trusts that incorporate in Minnesota do so under the Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act, Minn. Stat. ch. 317A, or, less commonly, as a nonprofit limited liability company.(73) A summary of the Nonprofit Corporation Act is beyond the scope of this guide, but Minnesota nonprofits should be aware of certain key provisions in the Act, including the following:

Minnesota nonprofits should review the entirety of chapter 317A and consult with a private attorney to ensure their compliance with these laws. This Office has also prepared a brochure entitled "Guide for Board Members: Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations." It discusses in more detail the roles and responsibilities of board members.

The requirements imposed on nonprofits by statutes administered by the Minnesota Secretary of State and the Minnesota Gambling Control Board (for nonprofits that engage in charitable gambling) are not discussed in this guide. For more information on these matters, please contact the Minnesota Secretary of State, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite N201, St. Paul, MN 55101, or at (651) 296-2803 or (877) 551-6767. For information regarding charitable gambling, please contact the Minnesota Gambling Control Board, 1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South, Roseville, MN 55113, or at (651) 539-1900.