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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.

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US Tax-exempt filing form [closed]

I thought as a US nonprofit I could file Form 990-EZ. When I was applying for an EIN, I selected corporation as my nonprofit's structure. I believe 501c(3) nonprofits must be structured as a ...
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Can 501(c)(4)s donate to political candidates' campaigns?

Can 501(c)(4) non-profits fund political candidates' campaigns? Unlike a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(3)s can engage in political activity, endorse candidates, etc.
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Is it fraud per se to falsely claim your non-profit has distributed donations in soliciting further donations?

Say you run a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a cause. You solicit and receive donations for that cause. In soliciting further donations you talk about all the past donations you've ...
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Do limits on political activity of 501(c)(3) organizations apply to their activities outside the US?

501(c)(3) orgs have limits on their political activity - for example, they can't support political campaigns and intervene in elections of public officials. Do these limits apply to political ...
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What stops the board of trustees from firing Gates from Gates Foundation?

We have all heard of the OpenAI drama where Sam Altman was fired by OpenAI Board of Trustees. That raises a question -- what stops the board of trustees from firing Gates from Bill & Melinda Gates ...
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Does OpenAI get any tax benefits from its organization structure?

At this point most people know OpenAI, one of the hottest companies in America. It has the following strange organization structure: My question is whether this gains them any tax benefits? Is this ...
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Why would a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run its major operations in an LLC?

I was looking into the corporate structure of the Signal App, and it's very strange from the non-lawyer (IANAL) perspective. The parent organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but the app is developed ...
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Can a non-profit software company get a 501c3 designation?

For instance, a web service that public uses every day like Facebook or Stack Exchange, could it fall under a non-profit corporation with the 501c3 designation? My understanding is that, these ...
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Can a non-profit organization record attendance by name without permission?

I have a GDPR question concerning a small non-profit organization. The organization is quite informal. Although it has many regular meetings, all these meetings are open to the public. As such, most ...
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Legal advantages of making a nonprofit into a church?

Do churches in the US have any special legal protections beyond that which a 501(c)(3) would have? Religious organizations tend to have some immunities in the US, so I'm wondering what, if anything, ...
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Volunteer compensation, is it legal?

Is paying to a nonprofit's officer less than the minimal wage legal? Let a CEO of a nonprofit wants to pay to himself from his nonprofit a salary, but profit of the nonprofit is not enough to pay the ...
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Would a political candidate have standing to sue for a writ of mandamus for the IRS to enforce the Johnson amendment?

I was brainstorming who might have standing to see to bring such a suit. If a religious organization is directly supporting a political candidate's rival, would that grant standing to bring a suit? ...
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Can you form a temporary nonprofit?

Can you start a 501c3 organization to complete a project, collect donations, do the project, donate all leftover money to another 501c3 with similar goals, then dissolve the organization? It would ...
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Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws as paid work?

Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws (only 3 hours during school days + Minor Release form for students, for example) as paid work? More specific question: can a minor work unlimited hours ...
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Non-Profit Forced Donation

A non-profit is holding a fundraising luncheon. They added a "required" donation amount on top of the price of the luncheon. Is this legal?
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Nonprofit for religious blog?

If I write a religious blog (specifically with posts explaining the meaning of Bible verses, similar to sermons but written instead of spoken), could I start a 501c3 to run the site, donate money to ...
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What imaginative detours could be taken to get around the legal impossibility for an AI to be a legal entity?

I was reading about corporations and trusts and came to wonder how one could use existing legal tools to allow a robot to be as "autonomous" as possible. I imagine a foundation or non-profit ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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/...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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'...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 &...
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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 ...
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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)(...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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