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We have a child who belongs to a local swim club and it is a non profit organization.  We pay a lot of fees and do fund raisers and have been working toward having a new pool built per the non profit Director. He informed the parents that we had money to create an account toward building a new pool, thousands of dollars about 2 years ago. They got quotes on building the pool and got everyone all excited. They even showed us designs.  Then last year he told the parents all the money was gone. The parents were told they were not allowed to have access to see where the money went. Who can see how and where non profits spend their funds? How can we tell what happened to the money for the pool?  How can we tell if he was even telling us the truth to begin with about having money for a pool?  When we have parent meetings they will never discuss monies/finances.

Do the parents (members) have the right to vote for the members of the Board of Directors? If yes, inform me whether the organization is a Florida Not-for-Profit Corporation.  After you give me that information I will reply further.

But, in any case, you can you can go to and you can register there without fee and do a basic search and see the annual Form 990 that the organization would be filing if they have enough gross income.

If the local swim club obtains substantial funding from a governmental entity, let me know also.

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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