The point of the above, is that by offering a commission to "volunteers," you may be converting them into your employees, which, if true, would subject you to requirements for the collection of payroll taxes (FICA, FUTA, unemployment, workers compensation, etc.), and make you liable for the employee's errors and/or omissions to third parties. You could also be liable for violating various State and Federal wage and hour regulations concerning the employment of minor children.
Finally, Massachusetts has strict regulations over "professional fundraisers" -- and your contemplated activities may run afoul of those regulations (see this link).
This opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor provides a discussion of how a charitable organization can pay a "nominal" fee to fundraisers, and not have them be regarded as employees (scroll down to the section: "Occasional and Sporadic Volunteer Activities"). However, even if you satisfy these requirements, you may nonetheless violate Massachusetts law re professional fundraising.
BotXXXXX XXXXXne, you are contemplating a very risky activity. You may be able to mitigate the risk by creating a website that simply charges a fee for marketing a fundraising activity, so that your revenue is not generated by the fundraising itself, and you are not hiring persons to fundraise. Absent that sort of arrangement, you would have to carefully follow all of the various state and federal regulations, and you could still be deemed the employer, because there is no "bright line" test that separates your volunteers from your employees.
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