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Is it against any IRS regulations for a 501(c)3 booster club organization to ban members from volunteering for the organization? I am part of a booster club for a high school band.  The band director (who is technically not part of the boosters) has problems with some of the parents, especially if they disagree with him on something.  He has told parents that if they are not supportive and are caught "gossiping", they may be told they are not allowed to volunteer at any band functions and any chairpersons who violate this policy will be removed from their positions.  The booster president is supporting him on this, and supposedly some parents have already being removed from certain committee lists.

You asked in your first sentence about a 501(c)(3) booster organization being able to ban members for volunteering for the 501(c)(3) booster organization activities.  Then, later, you refer to volunteer services at band functions.  There are two different scenarios under your facts about alleged "gossiping", but the conclusions are identical:  

1.  A 501(c)(3) organization may prevent even members from doing work for the organization.
2.  A school district may prevent parents from doing work at school district events.  

Work includes volunteer work.  

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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