Nonprofit Law/Fundraising


I am a team manger for my daughter's select soccer team.  The team is part of a non-profit club with a 501(c)(3), but the individual team finances are handled separately and without 501(c)(3) status.  As a fundraiser, our team wants to (with the clubs' permission) produce and sell logo apparel.  The items would be listed for sale on the club's website, payments would be made to the team, and profits would be shared between the team and  the club.

Are there any tax or legal issues that would prevent the club from permitting us to move forward?

I don't understand what you mean by "part" in "The team is part of a non-profit club with a 501(c)(3)".  Does the team have its own EIN (Employer Identification Number, also known as the taxpayer identification number)?  In other words, does its funds go into its bank account with an EIN that is different from the EIN of the nonprofit club with the determination letter from the IRS that the organization is exempt under section 501(c)(3)?   After you give me that information I will reply further.

Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law -

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.  

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DO NOT GIVE ME INFORMATION THAT YOU WANT KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. I am an attorney and I volunteer time to answer general questions about U.S. Federal income tax issues of nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities only. Those questions could be about establishing and maintaining legal requirements for such non-profit organizations in the United States, including Internal Revenue service filings and requirements. I will not be working on this free forum to answer questions about Nonprofit's possible unrelated or for-profit businesses or how to fill out forms. This forum is only for general questions about federal tax law, not as the law applies to your specific situation. If you do not make your question public then I will not be spending much of my donated time on answers that would not benefit the public. If you have other questions, please contact me at I will reply from my email. In any case, do not reveal confidential information to me until after I have contracted with you to provide personal legal services. My responses on this forum are intended to be general statements of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice, and do not create an attorney/client relationship. For me to consider your individual situation and how the law applies, I would need to gather extensive information about the situation. To search my previous answers you can do a Google search by "" without the quotes and then add your search terms before hitting enter.


I have been practicing law and especially the law of nonprofit organizations since 1990 when I was admitted to the New York Bar and I have maintained my status with the Bar since that time.


B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.

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