As a Non-Profit Can We...

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As a Non-Profit Can We...

HAVE A BALANCE IN OUR BANK ACCOUNT? 

Yes, as a non-profit you can maintain a balance in your bank account. A non-profit simply means that any surplus won’t go to enriching the pockets of your board. Although, you should keep an eye on your balance and take your responsibility to be sustainable for the long term seriously. There are many times that you have to put deposits down on venues for retreats or pay a teacher and you want to have cash reserves to do that before collecting fees from students, but you shouldn’t have so much that your membership feels that you are mismanaging their funds. 

If you have a significant surplus, have a discussion with your board on ways that you can provide more value to your members. Could you provide refreshments at some of your meetings or sew days? Increase prizes? Bring in more expensive speakers or more speakers generally?

DO WE HAVE TO DO CHARITY WORK? 

Although we encourage charity sewing, there is no requirement to do charity sewing to maintain your non-profit status or remain a chapter of the MQG. Do the activities that your guild feels passionately about. 

 

SELL ITEMS WITH THE MQG LOGO ON IT? 

"The Modern Quilt Guild" is a registered trademark, therefore it, and the organization's logo, cannot be used on merchandise by guilds without the permission of the Director of Marketing and Programming or the Executive Director, who will need to sign off on the final product. If your guild seeks this permission, please contact us with enough time to allow permission to be granted and to allow for time to ensure that trademark is being used correctly. You can email info@themodernquiltguild.com if you need to reach out about this. More information is available here.

 

You are welcome to sell items with your local guild logo.

 

USE THE MODERN QUILT GUILD NAME USE IN PROJECTS DEVELOPED BY LOCAL GUILDS?

Rules:
1) As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, the MQG must operate primarily for charitable and educational purposes. 
Therefore, no private inurement (when a nonprofit's money goes to private uses, or a private individual, instead of charitable or educational purposes) can happen. All income from a project must go back to the guild putting it up. 

Guidelines:
The MQG wants to keep its vision and voice cohesive when dealing with a national and/or international audience. Therefore, 

1) If the audience for the project is wider than regional, the MQG has input into if the project can move forward.

 

2) If it does move forward, the MQG retains creative control, input and final approval over the project. 

 

3) We don’t want to hinder anyone’s ability to write his or her book idea, or other project, so if needed, we encourage a small tweak to the idea that will enable the project to move forward.

Rather than "The Quilts of Springfield Modern Quilt Guild," they could write a book called "The Quilts of Springfield Modern Quilters" or "Modern Quilts from the Springfield Area" or make another similar change.


Remove the specific “Modern Quilt Guild” link and this solves both the private inurement issue and also our concerns about keeping the national and international MQG communications all in-house.

 

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