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I have a non profit that i didnt use for 2017. it is a youth…

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I have a non profit that i didnt use for 2017. it is a youth basketball program who helps community kids play and travel for basketball. i would like to change the usage of the non profit. should i just close the account or can i change it without a lot of effort? if it is very difficult i will just start over.

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Georgia

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Yes since 2011

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Can I change it to working with girls for scholarships or women getting back in the workplace?Not sure. Does it have to stay in the same arena?

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A little background. All non profit’s have a written mission statement which sets out what your organization does and whom it serves. It is important that your nonprofit’s activities tie directly to your mission statement and help to further that mission.

You are allowed to change a non profit mission or who you will help.

Your nonprofit’s board should consider amending the mission statement to reflect your change from working with girls for scholarships to women getting back in the workplace. In revising the mission, the board should ensure that the new mission remains consistent with tax-exempt purposes, then amend the bylaws, and then ensure the appropriate parties are notified of the change.

As long as your organizing purpose hasn't changed to a fundamentally different category and there is written agreement from your board of directors that the organization should change it's mission and activities, it shouldn't impact your 501c3. You change is appears to be a similar mission, and the activities will remain fundamentally the same. The rule is that if there is a substantial change to the organization’s mission must it must be reported to the IRS on its Form 990 annual information return.

As a rule, amendments to an organization’s mission statement will usually not jeopardize the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status so long as the mission statement remains consistent with a tax-exempt purpose and the change is disclosed to the IRS on Form 990 or 990-EZ along with the amended organizational document.

However, your mission appears to be similar and the activities will remain fundamentally the same, so you probably will not have to file a change on your annual information return. If you have an accountant, you should have the accountant ld review your organization documents, initial filings and donations, and make an assessment on if the change should be reported.

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