Questions tagged [non-profit]

Questions on organizations whose surplus revenue is used to further its purpose rather than being distributed as profits or dividends, including religious entities, foundations, charities, and related questions on donations and financial dealings with these entities. For example, 501(c) organizations in the US.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
1 answer
79 views

How many people must be on the board of directors of a U.S. nonprofit organization?

Non-legally-savvy individual in Pennsylvania (PA) in the U.S. here. I've been learning a little about nonprofit corporations recently, and have had trouble finding a definitive answer to the question: ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
33 views

Can an individual (not a non-profit), single member LLC become an IRS registered non-profit?

In other words, can an existing, individually managed LLC be converted into a non-profit with the addition of a Board of Directors and compliance with all other provisions of IRS section 501 for non-...
user avatar
  • 23
1 vote
1 answer
58 views

Does private school contract remain valid when family leaves state? Can parents be forced to cover fundraising "shortfall"?

Family signed combined tuition and "fundraising obligations" contract with a private school in NYC, in September, and moved out of state the following summer. The school's position is that ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
85 views

Can the board of a NH non-profit deny a stockholder a hearing before terminating their membership?

Our board would like to eject a troublesome individual from our club. The individual has requested a formal hearing but, frankly, we're not really inclined to waste our time that way. However, club ...
user avatar
16 votes
2 answers
4k views

Can I frame my app business as a nonprofit if users can choose the amount to pay to download my app?

This question is inspired by the website https://elementary.io where you can set the amount you want to pay to download the product, which is by default set to $20, and you can even set it to $0 in ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
197 views

Is it legal for non-US citizens (or lawful permanent residents) to volunteer to US non-profits from their country?

There is a reading service for the visually impaired (part of an 501(c)(3) non-profit, that also provides medical services) that accepts recordings from volunteers who read remotely. Thus state/...
user avatar
  • 279
1 vote
1 answer
36 views

Do 501(c)(7) organizations have to charge dues or fees to members?

(US/MA) I plan on registering a 501(c)(7) organization out of an existing gaming community. This community is one that requires membership applications, and meets only online. It is highly irregular, ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
74 views

Does the fact that a company stated they were a non profit corporation in an NDA when they are not allow for the contract to be voided?

In this particular NDA, the company lists its name and states "a non-profit corporation". In reality, they left off the LLC from the company name, and the company has never been designated ...
user avatar
  • 21
1 vote
1 answer
43 views

When, where and how can a non-profit parent transfer money to a for-profit subsidiary?

New York State (USA) here. A 501(c)(3) non-profit owns a C-corp subsidiary. Under what circumstances can the parent non-profit move money into the C-corp for its business purposes? Obviously the non-...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
27 views

Limitations on a subsidiary LLC owned by a non-profit

New York State (USA) here. The business structure at hand is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that owns a for-profit LLC. What limitations at the state or federal level, if any, are placed on what type of ...
user avatar
-2 votes
2 answers
110 views

How can start working with lawyers in need? NOT ADVERTISEMENT

I'm genuinely trying to understand where I could help the most and what problems my skills could be applied to that lawyers are fighting with on the daily. This is my first question on here and if it'...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
205 views

How to prevent non-profit from being taken over?

I am a board member of a very small non-profit (we have about 15-20 members). I have heard a real life story about how a non-profit similar to ours was taken over. A few "new members" joined ...
user avatar
  • 149
1 vote
1 answer
110 views

Is it feasible for me to purchase a building and register it as a non-profit so rental income is untaxed?

I know this question is dangerously close to asking for legal advice, but for the record I'm not planning on making any actual decision based on this answer, I would be consulting with a lawyer if I ...
user avatar
  • 4,776
2 votes
1 answer
64 views

Michigan Home Owners Association Formation

Our subdivision has a total of 50 lots with about 65 owners of those 50 lots (e.g. a lot jointly owned by husband and wife). My question is around formation of a Home Owners Association. A little ...
user avatar
  • 123
1 vote
1 answer
27 views

Are donations to a 501(c)(3) made by one of its board member deductible from his income tax?

Assume Mr. Jones is the founding member and sole director of a 501(c)(3) organization. Further assume that he is employed by the ACME corp. Each year, Mr. Jones donates $50,000 of his personal ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
33 views

Can a Board of Directors fail to disclose lawsuits against the organization?

I recently asked my Church's representative on the Board of Directors for a High School Association that our church is a member of the following question: "Are there any lawsuits against the ...
user avatar
  • 161
2 votes
1 answer
54 views

Is a Director of an organization entitled to information on the D&O insurance?

A group of several churches have come together to form a high school, with each church electing one representative to serve on a Board of Directors. My church's director has been met with resistance ...
user avatar
  • 161
3 votes
2 answers
96 views

Confusion about by-laws, unanimous member agreements, and appointment of directors in Canadian not-for-profit organizations

The starting point for my question is this by-law for a not-for-profit organization in Canada (the by-law is about the make-up of the board of directors): "(b) A majority of the Directors must ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
425 views

Can an LLC be a non-profit 501c3? And can a for-profit LLC accept donations via patreon or kickstarter?

Can an LLC be a non-profits? Or are LLC's by definition for-profit organizations? If the former, how would that designation be reached?
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
48 views

Question about corporations established through legislation in Canada

PART I of BILL C-93 from February 1997 described the establishment of a corporation and some definitions related to it. The concept of a corporation being established in legislation is new to me, so I ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
34 views

Laws About Contributions from Business You Own to 501c(3) You Founded/Work At

I have a US LLC I own, and am interested in beginning a charitable non-profit organization, to operate as a 501 3 (c) that would operate in a tangentially related area. When there is similar overlap ...
user avatar
  • 163
1 vote
1 answer
28 views

What dcouments must be available as hard copies (printouts) for a 501c3 (non-profit organization) in Ohio?

Our 501c3 organization in Ohio is spending $3000 per year for storage rental to store printouts of official documents backdating 10 years. This was being done to comply with (assumed) legal ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
496 views

Can 501(c)(3) nonprofits sell goods and services like a for-profit?

United States/NY state here. I would like to form a business entity whose primary purpose will be helping the public at large with a very specific charitable cause. This will be a 501(c)(3) charitable ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
82 views

How can a 501(c)(3) nonprofit require "members" to pay "dues"?

United States here. Lots of 501(c)(3) organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America, charge their members monthly and/or annual dues. My understanding was that the only nonprofits that can have &...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
36 views

Are all nonprofits tax exempt or can there be charitable + tax-paying nonprofits?

United States/NY state here, if it makes a difference. My understanding is that there is a difference between a nonprofit corporation and its tax status. As I understand it, I can form a charitable ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
138 views

Can the officers of a 501(c)(7) take salaries?

According to CharityWatch the Boys and Girls Club of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose CEO is salaried at over $800,000.00. So clearly, it is legal for the CEOs/officers of a 501(c)(...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
63 views

How to create a long-lived organization that executes a certain program?

I'd like to start an organization that, similar to the website Patreon, enables people to set financial rewards on mathematical proofs of their choice and holds their money in escrow. Since some ...
user avatar
  • 151
8 votes
1 answer
2k views

Non-profit granting rights of use of software to for-profit

we have two organizations - one for profit and one non-profit, that are related. The Non-profit benefits from use of Slack, GSuite and other tools at a discount due to the non-profit nature of the ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
38 views

What are the options for non-americans to set up and operate a non-profit in the US? [duplicate]

Could it be done if you are not a citizen of the US?
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
71 views

About to fill the paperwork to create an organization: should it be a business or a non-profit?

I'm building a product that you would think is perfect for the typical "startup" scenario. However, I hate everything that usually involves startups: I don't want to raise money (I want this ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
78 views

Is it legal for a private foundation to compensate a "disqualified" person for direct charitable activities?

For obvious reasons, US tax law restricts the role that relatives of the founders (called "disqualified persons") of a foundation can play in the foundation. I have two questions: Would it ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
37 views

USA: What happens if I do not file form 990 for a nonprofit?

I have a nonprofit that I cannot liquidate because I do not have a US credit card to pay for liquidation. (I paid for another person to liqudate it for me, but Colorado Secretary of State office ...
user avatar
  • 247
0 votes
2 answers
163 views

Can an organization build something for its own exclusive use, that is patented by someone else?

Based on these two questions: Could a charity manufacture patented medications for free? Can I build something for personal use if it is patented? I suspect that the answer will be no, but I want to ...
user avatar
  • 197
1 vote
2 answers
56 views

Is it posible to sell electric electric cars as a nonprofit

My interest is to diminish co2 emissions in the city. Would that be considered an actual cause for a non-profit?
user avatar
  • 13
1 vote
1 answer
271 views

Can a nonprofit be a subsidiary of a for profit?

I have seen many results for a for profit being a subsidiary of a non profit, but not the other way around. I know there are some conflict of interest laws and was wondering if any of you can link me ...
user avatar
  • 113
0 votes
1 answer
68 views

Would an organization committed to non-violently supporting indiscriminate human annihilation be eligible for 501(c)(3) exemption?

Hypothetically, if someone formed an organization whose objective was dedicated to the annihilation of the human race, but did not permit violent acts from its members, would it in any way be ...
user avatar
  • 371
0 votes
3 answers
107 views

What does case law say about nonprofit Members' rights to campaign/free speech?

A Nonprofit organization (corporation) is formed on a Membership basis. That means Members elect a Board of Directors. The Members, naturally, need to be able to freely discuss the affairs of the ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
33 views

Is it legal for a non-profit to omit the salaries of their deputy director and other lower level directors on Form 990?

I'm looking at a the Form 990 for a small non-profit, and I'm noticing that under administrative/management expenses only the Executive Director's salary is listed. I know there is a Deputy Director ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
75 views

Can a nonprofit truly be controlled by its members, not a board?

My understanding is that there are two main organizational structures for a nonprofit: one with a board of directors, and the other (only possible in some US states) to have a board of directors, ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
54 views

Is patent law still applicable if the breacher is doing so under a non-profit initiative?

If so is the law exactly the same in both instances?
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
35 views

Can a US non-profit manage a for-profit fund?

Is it possible to have a for-profit fund, taking on money from investors who expect to see returns, with fund management by a non-profit organization, where excess revenue from management fees would ...
user avatar
-1 votes
1 answer
49 views

Can I get a donation as a person in Poland?

I want to start non-profit organisation, but don't meet all requirements for it. Is it legal to get a donations from people as a person?
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
1k views

Can you be sued for money if your product is released for free?

Say I create a product that I release for free and take no profit in any way. If this product somehow violates the copyrights or trademarks of another company, is there risk of needing to pay for ...
user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
119 views

Are there ways to hold communal companies?

I'm going to give this a try: Suppose a group of people want a kind of non-profit, open-source company that anyone can donate to or derive assets from, that no singular person owns but still has some ...
user avatar
  • 207
1 vote
1 answer
27 views

Non-profit donations for organizational overhead

What percentage of a tax-exempt nonprofit's donations can be used for overhead costs in California?
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
131 views

Can a U.S. non-profit only be created by members of which a majority are U.S. citizens?

This question is about creating a non-profit with (for now) just myself as a board member. Information at the IRS website for registering a non-profit corporation includes this page with suggested ...
user avatar
  • 225
2 votes
1 answer
87 views

What are the legal obligations of non-profit organizations as distinct from for-profit?

For-profit businesses have many obligations such as paying taxes, keeping records, fair hiring practices, proper classification of employees, etc. Many of these obligations are shared by non-profit ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
491 views

Is a nonprofit LLC required to have a Board of Directors?

Background: I'm in the process of forming an LLC nonprofit, with the intention to file Form 1023, for tax exemption under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). I'm sure the charitable nonprofit mission of the ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
499 views

Incentive for offering discounted services to NPO/Charity/501(c)(3)?

Backstory: I am exploring options for a business that offers Software, Platform and Infrastructure as-a-service (SAAS, IAAS and PAAS) and Insurance-Billing services to Ambulance companies, Fire ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
160 views

Can a mail-forwarding service be used as the registered agent for an MN non-profit?

In order to incorporate a non-profit in Minnesota under statute 317A, the registered office and agent of the organization must be included in the Articles of Incorporation. Additionally, if the ...
user avatar