Discussion in 'SoCalScene' started by SimpleSoccer, Oct 31, 2017.
Until there is an official announcements, all we can do is speculate.
That's exactly what this forum is all about "Speculation".
Is that legal with a non profit to individuals with non-paid positions? This interesting stuff.
All the non-profits of any size that I know of have paid employees and/or provide a stipend to their officers.
Heard all the Surf affiliates will report under the new Surf OC
What does "report" mean?
Why would the affiliates (which have basically been running their own program with a surf logo on it) agree to that?
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For nonprofits it isn't about what they call a fee it is about how it is disbursed that can cause an issue with their nonprofit status generally speaking. Nonprofits have management expenses such as attorney fees, accountants, insurance, administrative staff etc.
Would require disclosure on the following year tax form if they are executives, board members or have any say on prior or merged club policy/operations. These are publicly available, the trick is to know the actual legal name of the tax-exempt organization if you want to find it. But paid positions in tax-exempt organizations are common (the NFL was one until recently, as are the NCAA bowl games, all with executives making large salaries).
Truth is most tax-exempt youth sports clubs have volunteer boards with no ownership and little to no (and sometimes, after donations, negative) cash compensation. The youth clubs that do not have boards and are run by one or more DOC's -- they are often run more as a business to make money. A bit ironic, but mostly true.
Thanks for the detailed information.
Another shell game is to hide "investment money" cash or assets, when you look at the books of some of the organizations... have $1m+ each year surplus that they invest is some asset so they don't appear to be making a profit. But guess what the people making those investments are making money on those, that's why you see investment bankers, lawyers, and financial people heavily involved on the boards when they don't even have kids sometimes. Presidents of some of the clubs are investment bankers, why do you think that is?
The other big money makers are tournaments, some directors are pulling is 6 figures " running" them, so how do you get to be a tournament director? Work for a club that has one and you can get some extra "side work". The tournament is it's own non profit or profit organization that you don't see in the normal club financials. There are other ways that these non-profit are disguising what's really going on but that's another topic.
I was on the local soccer club board when we re-organized from an elected Registrar who was paid a small fee (about $3-$5) for every registration or transfer processed to a hired admin who was paid a set fee every month and was expected to do all that as part of her duties. And of course we also paid all the coaches with extra pay for the Directors.
My wife is a member of a large professional non-profit that pays its elected officers nothing (but does cover their normal business expenses) and employs a paid Executive Director with a permanent staff of at least 3 people.
My daughter works for a non-profit that provides training and conference services for smaller professional organizations. I believe they have a couple of dozen employees overall.
Presidio League has no paid employees, but in the past they used to pay fees or stipends to board members when they did specific tasks, such as rescheduling games.
Surf Cup Sports Inc, which is a separate entity from San Diego Surf Soccer Club, appears to have only one full-time employee, who is paid well. It aappears they may have changed their name and organizational structure recently, or have spun off a new non-profit.
How do politicians get paid back? Appointments, favors, influence, future assests in early angel investment opportunities, etc.
People on both side of this equation will be making $. The WC people now have a bigger tournament, more teams, more revenue with the surf name, surf makes more $ overall. Pretty easy to see why these merged happen.
Non profit is the USA needs a major overall but nobody has yet been bold enough to challenge all the religious billion dollar money makers and other who disguise themselves as nonprofits when they're really businesses.
The answer are corporations that are for "public benefit". No reason to play games and hide the "non-profit" money for organizations that are operating as businesses.
Take a look at a 990 form or, better yet, be responsible for filling one out and signing it -- investment income must be disclosed, and lack of disclosure would be illegal. You can point to a tax-exempt board/club that is engaged in this activity, unless you are just speculating.
Also, a board member earning any form of compensation, even through services, would be covered by the law as well, as that represents a potential conflict of interest and could result in a loss of tax-exempt status. If there is no disclosed income on their forms, essentially what you are claiming is that these people are not just being unethical, but potentially violating the law.
You see investment bankers, lawyers and tax/accounting people on these boards because 1) just like most parents, they care about their kids and want to be involved, and 2) because our tax law and regulations are quite complex, as are the liability issues and other legal pitfalls when working with children and their parents, boards often have to rely on people with legal, accounting, tax and financial backgrounds to make sure they comply with the law and to reduce their risk. Frankly, I would not recommend being on any youth board without at least one person with that background involved, even if you have D&O insurance.
Most of these people have a lot more income and careers to risk than any financial gain they would receive by trying to use a youth soccer program to make a few thousand $. Do a few club admins and others make money at clubs? Yes, and they work pretty damn hard for that money.
Tournaments are another thing entirely, crticize those all you want, but educate yourself before you make accusations like this against such a broad group of people who are mostly making club soccer more accessible and affordable for everyone.
I have taken a look at some 990's that some clubs have sumbitted in previous years because I was interested in how there where spending 3m+ or more in revenue for example and what I found surprised me. 800k-1M+ in cash, investments as a assest each year. Who's managing those investment? Just happens to be a firm or individuals tired directly or indirectly to the club like the president for example. No speculation or need to, it's all there simple. If you don't think there are conflicts in interests maybe your just too naive to realize what really going on with all the mergers, afflicates, and shell games.
People are inriching themselves through youth sports, a $4+ billion dollar industry just like the nbcsports expose by Bryant Gumbel pointed out.
Club soccer is not affordable for a large segment of the population so what are you talking about? How is it more affordable and why? I have yet to hear or talk to anyone that claims club soccer is more affordable because of a tournament. More money, time, travel, hotel stays cost families more$ to play in these tournament.
I am not so naive that I just believe someone posting on the internet. Which clubs are you referring to?
Name the club. Link the 990. Which president and which investment firm? It is public information, so you are not prohibited from doing so.
I was the one who mentioned the conflict of interest, and the requirement there be policies in place. Ask a club if they have one (that is your right), and let us know which do not.
Bryant Gumbel works for HBO, and his segment was mostly about sports tourism and the increased travel requirements and the money being made on youth sports by those who control the travel and the large venues. As I said, criticize tournaments all your want, but very few clubs control the venues and/or large tournaments. Do Surf, Legends, PDA, and Players -- yes. See, that is called naming some names. The people who control SilverLakes -- they are indeed in it for money, otherwise that venue would never have been built, as it required lots of money and a promised return on that investment.
Back up your accusations with some facts. Or put on your tin foil hat and go back to your occupy wall street friends, and stop implying a large number of youth soccer club board volunteers are angaged in nefarious activities and enriching themselves.
This is an interesting article on the costs of running a club and how the potential for government regulations to increase those costs (i.e.- W2 employees va independent contractor status)
The article was really good. The only thing that really doesn't make sense is the increased cost from switching an employee from contractor to W2 employee. The increased cost should only be about 8% of salary for the payment of employer portion taxes and a couple days of sick pay. Either he is looking at the line items wrong (i.e. taxes paid to government include taxes deducted from employee salary) or they didn't take the option of exempting the employee from having to provide them medical insurance and the like. 50% to 60% increase makes no sense whatsoever.
Maybe they had to pay them more now that they were being taxed?
Were they able to get away without paying workers comp when they were 1099? Other insurance?
Were they able to pay them hourly? Or could they be a salaried employee? If a coach works at a tournament and puts in more htan 8 hours, then OT is needed while working in California. There are some new laws regarding salaried employees needing to be earning a certain minimum amount (has to do with employers skirting the overtime laws).
And were they paid on a per team basis, per hour basis or is there some other type of calculation they could use?