Tax-exempt organizations must benefit a group as a whole instead
of benefiting individual members of a group. Since Booster
Clubs usually assist student groups, all members of the
student group sponsored are to be treated equally and receive
the same opportunity to benefit from the Booster Club’s
assistance. Therefore, one student cannot receive a greater
benefit than another unless the criteria for financial need
discussed below is met.
In some instances, individuals may not be able to afford to
pay the amount owed to participate in a particular event.
The IRS has indicated that a group or club may establish criteria
that could be used to determine if a person is in financial
need. If the criteria are met, the group or club could
provide the necessary funds to allow the individual to participate.
The criteria should be established in writing prior
to a particular situation arising. In addition, the
criteria should be used consistently for all people, and the
criteria should not change every year.
An example of Financial Aid Guidelines is included in the Exhibits.