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Nonprofit: what does it mean?

Back to Play is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, but what does that mean to our community? Nonprofit organizations are instrumental in driving positive social change, addressing community needs, and advancing various causes. We are proud to serve our community and families in Jefferson County. Let's talk about why we chose nonprofit and how we operate:

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, commonly referred to as simply "501(c)(3)," is a specific type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United States. To qualify, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for purposes that are considered charitable, educational, religious, scientific, literary, or for the prevention of cruelty to animals or children. These organizations are generally formed to benefit the public or a specific community, rather than for private gain.

That's where Back to Play started! Did you know we were originally formed as an LLC and for-profit business? After meeting with banks, investors, and creating our awesome business plan, we quickly realized that we were not trying to earn money, we just wanted to get everyone playing. A few friends and colleagues later, we formed a board of members and converted to a nonprofit organization. Sounds easy right??

Precisely. It took over 6 months for Back to Play to be approved as a 501c3 organization. We created by-laws, recognized possible conflicts of interest, wrote our articles of incorporation, and our strategic marketing plan. Sounds boring but we knew it would all lead to the fun part eventually.

What does this mean to the general public and community?

It means our mission statement is more important than earning income at Back to Play. "To help children thrive through their natural desire to play."

Benefits of 501(c)(3) Status:

  1. Tax Exemption: We are exempt from federal income tax, which allows us to allocate a larger portion of our resources toward our mission and programs.

  2. Deductible Donations: Contributions made to 501(c)(3) nonprofits by individuals, corporations, and foundations are often tax-deductible. This means if you donate funds or in-kind items, you can add that to your tax return at the end of the year as a deduction.

  3. Grant Eligibility: Having 501(c)(3) status expands the opportunities for nonprofits to secure grants and financial support from various sources. However, that also means our revenue stream is also limited to grants, donations, fiscal sponsors, and our sliding scale admissions.

  4. Public Support and Transparency: We are required to file annual reports, including financial information, with the IRS. This promotes transparency and accountability to donors, stakeholders, and the public. This does help with our community involvement because you know what we're doing and how we're doing it and how you can be helpful!


So how can you be helpful?

  • Volunteer your skills and expertise: Back to Play is building a homeschool co-op; do you have any skills, expertise, or teaching experience that you can provide young minds? We are actively looking for knowledge outside the general curriculum that we can incorporate. If you possess specialized skills or knowledge, consider volunteering your expertise to assist us directly. Whether it's offering pro bono legal advice, financial consulting, IT support, or strategic planning, your professional expertise can significantly benefit our organization.

  • Make a donation: Yeah, I know. A lot of people ask for money. But contributions are vital for the sustainability and growth of nonprofits. Even small donations can have a significant impact. Every dollar counts and helps nonprofits continue their valuable work.

  • Spread the word: Spread the word about our mission and impact through your social media channels, personal networks, and community platforms. Share our stories, achievements, and upcoming events to inspire others to get involved.

Back to Play is excited to be here for our community and families. We are appreciative of every playdate, donation, social media share, and chatter.


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