If a small group of friends and I are forming a youth group and want to be able to accept donations, what would we need to do in order to legally do so?

We want to collect donations and maintain a bank account to manage them. The group is a faith-based organization.

Asked on July 11, 2014 under Business Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

What I think that you mean is that you wish to set up a not for profit charitable religious organization. First, if you are a youth group and under 18 then you do not have the legal capacity to do so under the law plus you would need to establish that you are an established religious group. Are you associated with a Church or Synagogue or other established religious group?  Then maybe the Pastor, etc., can help you here. If the group is established under his or her reign then maybe you can do as you would like.  Good luck.


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