Suppose I have a website that run for a community. I do accept donations on it to pay for the web hosting and game servers.

Are there any requirements for a person operating such a website to apply for some kind of registration as a non profit to continue to accept these donations? If so, what?

I am not sure if it helps but I do provide ledgers of where the money goes to the public.

EDIT: I live in New York. All the servers in question are located in the US (Missouri, Seattle, New York) and one is in Montreal, Canada.

  • Are you able to rewrite this as a more general legal question about whether game platforms can accept donations without being non-profits? It currently looks like a request for specific legal advice, which is off-topic.
    – Pat W.
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 12:31
  • @Ryahn where are you located and where is the server? This will help determine the relevant law. Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 12:23
  • @PatrickConheady I live in New York. The servers all (except one) reside in the US (Missouri, Seattle, and New York). The one outside of the US is in Montreal, Canada.
    – Ryahn
    Commented Feb 25, 2017 at 22:54

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No. If you create a company that qualifies under 501(c)(3), then your donors can deduct all or part of their donations from their taxable income, but a company that doesn't qualify under 501(c)(3) can still accept donations.

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    Are they taxable income in the hands of the recipient?
    – Dale M
    Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 11:32

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