Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Donations to Non Profit


Hi Mr Stancil,

Can you please tell me if it's legal for a non profit church to take a prospective Eagle Scouts donations for the cost of him to build the church a bike rack? The project is part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. He would send out his own donation letters asking for checks to be made out to the church and then the church would pay for the expenses.
Thank you,


Thanks for your question.

That is a grey area. The church can accept the donations on his behalf.  However, it is a very grey area if the donors could get a charitable contribution deduction for the donation, since it is a contribution for a very specific purpose.  I would rule that it is not deductible.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


I hold a doctorate in Accounting, and am a CPA. My certifications of CIA, CFM, and CMA are inactive. I passed all certification examinations on the first attempt, and received honorable mention for my scores on the CIA exam. I have operated a CPA firm for over 37 years and have taught accounting and tax at the college level for over 35 years.

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