Sunday, February 21, 2016

Paid workers at a Non-Profit gun club

At several member run clubs that have obviously outgrown there volunteers or at the point where those still volunteering are at the point of burn out, I've asked why not hire retired people or local collage kids to lesson the burden.

The answer I usually get is; were a non-profit club and can't hire anyone!

Not true. 

Rules on how much money a non profit can make in excess each year, but they can hire people. 

The club is to not have a conflict with officers of the club being paid by the club, nor paying workers who also volunteer at the club. Can it be worked out? Anything is possible, but keep it simple with rules regarding pay that won't get the club in trouble with the IRS.

You have to watch it when the paid worker is also a volunteer and putting in extra free hours.  An easy line to cross.

Many nonprofit organizations offer some monetary benefit to their volunteers, such as stipends, reimbursement for out of pocket expenses, discounts on services, and so forth. “Bona fide” volunteers are those whose compensation is limited to reimbursement for expenses, reasonable benefits and/or nominal fees for services. The club member that volunteers to mow the lawn would fit this bill.

Written job descriptions needs to be available on the role of the paid worker and hours to be worked.

Obviously, for most clubs your looking at keeping it under X hours per week, thus the need to hire a retired person or a collage kid looking to pick up a few bucks on a steady bases, but keeping it where your not paying health care benefits or what have you.

I've given a broad overview and if considering hiring a lawyer, consult with one that deals with non-profits.  You could start with a Google search and see if its something that would be workable at your club before seeing a lawyer and to also have information available before broaching the subject at a club meeting..

And please, don't listen to the advice given by club house lawyers.

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