A point that's often missed is that non-profit organizations can and often do have employees.
Having an all-volunteer non-profit does cleanly avoid some issues with UBIT (unrelated business income tax), specifically hitting the "volunteer workforce" exception. Eg if you were monetizing by selling license exceptions those sales *could* be considered UBIT *unless* the software is being primarily developed by volunteers. On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:31 AM, jake <jakel...@zoho.com> wrote: > > Is it simply that the developers are not allowed to make purchasing > decisions for the organization, such as to pay themselves? > The "profit" in "non-profit" refers to the corporation, not you as an individual being compensated for your work. You could easily draw a six figure salary as a software developer working for a non-profit, assuming the non-profit had the cash flow to support you. However, if your non-profit were a 501(c)(3) or similar, serving on the board and employing yourself would be called personal inurement and is expressly forbidden.
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