I am on the Board for our local Youth Basketball League. It is a 501 (c) 3 and all Board members and coaches are volunteer. We are adding to the program to add all sorts of groovy stuff to the organization. Some questions came up yesterday. One of the things we will be adding include private and semi-private lessons with a trainer. (also not paid) (Most of us are USAB certified) Are we allowed to charge for this or does it have to be a donation? In the same vein ( I started to think about this later.) Can we charge to play in the league? ( Money goes for uniforms, gym rental time, equipment (balls clocks etc.) The players have to register and pay each session. Do you know and will you share the backup information?
This is getting a little off-topic for a technology list, but I'll give a quick answer, with the caveat that I'm not a lawyer, just someone who's spent a lot of time in the nonprofit sector.
Nonprofits can charge fees for activities directly related to their nonprofit mission, so league registration and intruction would be legitimate under your organization's educational mission. These would not be donations that are tax-deductible for the payor.
Private schools and universities are exmples of other 501(c)(3) organizations that charge for their primary services. One thing you might want to read up on is Unrelated Business Income - here's a good intro article: https://trust.guidestar.org/unrelated-business-income-tax-what-your-organization-should-know
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