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.

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Questions regarding legal aspects of John Oliver's debt forgiveness giveaway

John Oliver made news a few months ago by purchasing nearly $15 million in outstanding medical bill debt for $60,000 -- less than a penny on the dollar. But, I read that cancellation-of-debt ("COD") ...
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What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC regulations?

What type of organizations are exempt from EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity) regulations? I know that very small businesses are usually exempt. How about non-profit organizations? How about ...
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What is the difference between a “non-for-profit organization” and a “society” in British Columbia, Canada?

Canada has a "Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act" and British Columbia has a "Society Act". I only recently discovered that there was a "Society Act" when reading about name registration. When ...
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What laws regulate owners of fundraising websites?

Is it true that any one can set up a website for fundraising without declaring a legal entity? For example, my church needs to raise fund for repair work, the project would cost about $40K. If I want ...
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Copyright IP of own effort and the boundaries of “Capital asset” in IRS tax law, wrt. donations

In "Instructions for Form 8283"1, it says you can donate and deduct: Intellectual property. The FMV of intellectual property must be reduced to figure the amount of your deduction, as explained ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Nonprofit Board did not send notice of annual meeting

What can the members of a Nonprofit Corp do if the Board did not send notice of the Annual Meeting? The Board held the Annual Meeting and voted themselves back into power without notifying the members ...
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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 ...
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If a landlord donates commercial space to a non-profit entity, can the forgone lease value be deducted from landlord's taxes?

I could not find a tax or IRS stack exchange so I post here. Where I live, there is much commercial real estate that is empty. I would like to propose to the landlords to donate the space to a non-...
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What kind of secrecy can be obtained by hiding an organization's EIN (tax number?)

I am a treasurer for an organization under a local high school in North Carolina, in the United States. The organization I am treasurer for is not registered with the IRS, but the school system is. ...
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Non-profit donations for organizational overhead

What percentage of a tax-exempt nonprofit's donations can be used for overhead costs in California?
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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 ...
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In the United States, is there a Governmental Entity that oversees the auditing of various other non-governmental entities? [closed]

Certain businesses, non-profits, organizations, etc (referred to here after as "non-governmental entities") have certain government requirements they have to meet to stay a float; these non-...
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At what point would giving biased attention, positive or negative, to a candidate, constitute endorsement of or opposition to a candidate?

This question is regarding the Johnson Amendment. Suppose that a 501(c)(3) does not specifically endorse or oppose a candidate, but rather has a biased narrative regarding the candidates. At what ...
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How aggressive does a business need to be at preventing customers from bringing alcohol on premises?

I volunteer at a new 501c3 art studio in Washington state where you pay to have space to do art. The organization policy is no alcohol on the grounds unless we have a special event with a liquor ...
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What if a board can't agree on a slate to propose for election at its annual membership meeting?

A nonprofit (New York State 501c3) that I'm involved with has a Board of Directors that has recently erupted in conflict. The annual membership meeting is coming up and it appears that no majority of ...
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Does a non-stock company in Virginia need to have a Board of Directors?

Do the articles of incorporation and/or bylaws need to mention how the board of directors is selected, of can it be in another document, or can the nonprofit organization not have a board of directors?...
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Can my COA's Board of Directors amend the bylaws citing Texas Business Organizations Code 22.102(c)

My local Condo Board of Directors is trying to amend our Condo Association's Bylaws citing Texas Business Organizations Code 22.102(c). Sec. 22.102. BYLAWS. (a) The initial bylaws of a ...
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Offering privileges to donators that pay directly to my service provider for my server upkeep

I have a server in which I would like to provide a free blogging service. The general gist is that I lack experience and would like to provide a free service to learn more about server management and ...
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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 ...
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Do by-laws and/or articles of incorporation of a non-stock corporation need to be filed every year?

I'm part of a group that is trying to organize as a non-profit in Virginia, and we are trying to figure out when the articles of incorporation and/or by-laws need to be filed (original/updated) with ...
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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 ...
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Does failure to mention mean exemption in taxation

I've got some legal question, this might be just a semantic/language question. My colleagues and I have been arguing about this for some time now, because there's some level of ambiguity in the legal ...
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Could a derived work of CC-NC data be licensed allowing commercial use?

We are creating a dataset that is supposed to be free for researchers/academia, but we would like to monetize it for business. We intend to publish it under CC BY-NC 4.0 license, but as for my ...
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501(c)(3) Bylaws Question - Does this clause mean a motion to amend bylaws can go forward without quorum?

Voting Rights e. Quorum at annual or special meetings will be at least 51 percent of the directors and the lesser of 10 percent of the voting members or 10 voting members including any proxies. ...
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Recouping initial investment to form a nonprofit

If I were looking to start a nonprofit organization and invested significant personal funds to, e.g., build a required facility is there a reasonable mechanism for me to recoup that investment over ...
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Minimum donation

If a webpage claims to be a ministry supporting outreach to the community. If they offer things like dream interpretation for a minimum donation. Is it somehow deceptive? Really it is a sale like a ...
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Charity registration requirements for on-line fundraising

I have two questions about laws regarding registering a charity in USA. For the sake of this question the charity would be registered in Florida and assume to receive donations up to $100K. Can the ...
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What are the restrictions for sales to raise revenue for non-profits?

We are located in New Jersey USA and are considering forming a non-profit for Internet based on-line health care and consulting. We are not involved in politics and will not be making any political ...
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Do I need to be a non profit to accept donations on my website?

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 ...
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How to Create an Alumni Association in India

I have a group of ex-students who want to form an alumni association in india. What is the legal process for this? E.g., where and how do we register?
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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, ...
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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?
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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?