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Acquiring a 501(c)(3) For Your FRC Team

One of the more daunting tasks of most FRC teams is to raise the money needed to meet the operating budget of a competition season. Even if a school-sponsored team can rely on some district funds, most have to raise some funds to cover all the various expenses of going to a regional competition. Some teams (home-schooled, or private school) are obliged to raise the entire budget each year. These funds can come from team dues, various fund-raising activities, private donors, and sponsors. Private donors and sponsors can help contribute to a lion's share of the operating expenses for your team. However, these last two groups are more likely to help if your team or organization is listed with the IRS as a legitimate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Some corporations require this before they will give.

3 Mistakes Most Teams Make

In FIRST Robotics, there is a lot of room for error, so therefore teams make mistakes. Some mistakes can be avoided by simply following the instructions or the rules, but sometimes mishaps just happen. So, to keep you from doing these things, we hope to inform you first.