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5013c for dummies

16 years 8 months ago #133306 by Ptmom
Replied by Ptmom on topic RE: 5013c for dummies
I have members that say it is a problem to give gifts. We want to recognize and give a gift of$$ to janitors office staff and such that make our days run better. They support us each and every day and without them we couldn't do what we do. When we were non profit there was no discussion everyone agreed that it was our policy to thank them.. now being non profit we go around and around that we can't since we are non profit. how do we make this happen without all the discussion. i just want to come up with a plan??


how do others take care of this kind of issue??

ptmom
16 years 8 months ago #133296 by JHB
Replied by JHB on topic RE: 5013c for dummies

Ptmom;133275 wrote: PTMOM: the problems we are running into has to do with recognizing people at the end of the year. We would love to give the janitors, office staff and priniciple an end of year gift and I am being told since we are non profit we can't. also helping a family in need we can't give $$ again we are non profit and the individual isn't.
PTMOM


I don't know that being a 501(c)(3) would prohibit either of these things.

1) Helping a family in need. You can do this if you can tie it your mission. Most PTOs shy away from this because it's not a part of their core mission and it's getting into an area beyond their area of expertise. Deciding who to help when and how much are not easy things. However, if you build your non-profit purpose to include this type of activity and you have appropriate processes to decide who gets help, you should still be able to do this.

2) End of the year appreciation gifts. Again, there's nothing to prohibit this. Many groups have a policy not to give more than token gifts as they feel it important to reserve their funds for core functions. But doing so wouldn't necessarily invalidate your non-profit status.

Think about the big non-profits like United Way or Red Cross. They give monetary assistance to individuals all the time. But it's obviously tied to their purpose.
16 years 8 months ago #133275 by Ptmom
Replied by Ptmom on topic RE: 5013c for dummies
PTMOM: the problems we are running into has to do with recognizing people at the end of the year. We would love to give the janitors, office staff and priniciple an end of year gift and I am being told since we are non profit we can't. also helping a family in need we can't give $$ again we are non profit and the individual isn't.

any suggestion

PTMOM
16 years 8 months ago #133187 by CapeDad
Replied by CapeDad on topic RE: 5013c for dummies

pals;133164 wrote: ptmom what kind of rules and regulations are you running into that is giving you a hard time? we are a 501 and have been for four years and never had much of a problem at all...let us know and maybe we can help...it shouldn't be that hard!



I am wondering the same thing.

For us, the 501c3 gave us a ot more freedom and license to do our thing.

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16 years 8 months ago #133168 by RobinD
Replied by RobinD on topic RE: 5013c for dummies
I would recommend starting at www.irs.gov and search charities & nonprofits which is a link right at the top of the IRS homepage, and then also specifically search 501(c)3 . good luck!
16 years 8 months ago #133164 by pals
Replied by pals on topic RE: 5013c for dummies
ptmom what kind of rules and regulations are you running into that is giving you a hard time? we are a 501 and have been for four years and never had much of a problem at all...let us know and maybe we can help...it shouldn't be that hard!

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