I wanted to know if I could open a 501c3 fitness center that is affiliated with a local church?
Jeffrey Lippman ∙ June 23, 2019
A tax exempt entity is judged based on it's mission and whether it meets the criteria which typically involve religious, educational, charitable and community building purposes. A fitness center could fulfill those requirements. Affiliation with a church could help, but by itself does not make the mission charitable or religious. The fitness center would likely either need to be part of the church itself or otherwise have an accepted mission. You should discuss this in detail with your LegalZoom provider law firm.
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