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Can a for-profit business accept donations from the public? Or does it have to be a non-profit & have a 501(c)3 status?

Upper Marlboro, MD |

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A for-profit business could accept donations. But the people making the donations will not have the tax benefit of deducting those donations from their taxes. Mixing for-profit and non-profit operations together is like mixing oil and water.

Depending on what your goal is, you may need to set up a non-profit entity.

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