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Are there risks if nonprofit acts outside its stated purpose?

Our town's historical society is considering using a huge proportion of a large new donation toward building a modern community center rather than a project that preserves history.  I understand that building a community center would be a charitable purpose, but are there risks to a 501(c)(3) organization acting outside its stated purpose? 

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Lack Standing to Enforce Gift Agreement

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Church Convention Loses Property
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Affiliate’s articles of incorporation did not prohibit
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Conversion Foundation Gets Distribution
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Behind the Numbers

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Ready Reference Page No. 128
IRS Explains How to Reinstate

Automatically Revoked Exempt Status
New Revenue Procedure covers four options,
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Our 501(c)(3) performing arts center provides each board member with 60 free show tickets a year, plus unlimited discounted tickets.  The 60 tickets have a value of about $3,600 and can be used for any performance, including sold out shows.  Should the organization be issuing 1099's with the value as income?  Answer

Can the founding board (5 people) form a nonprofit where we cannot be voted out - therefore functioning much like a sole member?  We also have 3 additional board members who were appointed but will go through elections.  We were just told we could not have this provision in our bylaws but we all 5 want this.  We have done all the work forming this group. Answer

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