Non-profit usually means that 100% of the cost is spent on running costs in an organization that relies on donations of monetary or intrinsic value.
Yes, they have to spend 100% on operations. Salary is part of operations. I have done business with many big name national non-profits. They are generally not lean operations. They are top heavy with VPs and Directors making nice salaries for doing little to actually help the less fortunate, sick, whatever.
Not just you. The idea that groups who advocate the idea of taxes being evil may be more likely to not pay what they owe is completely defensible. The execution on how they went about testing that hypothesis was a disaster though.
Anyway, why should non-profits get a tax break anyway? If your cause is only supportable as a tax break for the donator then it is not much of a cause in the first place.
This sort of dispute is common in the horse world. You buy a farm, spend thousands each month feeding and caring for your horses, then try to write off your hobby by claiming you are a horse trainer or breeder. The IRS has clamped down. I don't know if there are hard standards, but I do know you can get the stink-eye from the IRS if they are not convinced you are making an honest effort to turn a profit with your horse business.
And I can't say I disagree entirely. Why should the taxpayer subsidize your business if in effect the only thing keeping you in business is the tax benefit?
Which reminds me of the joke, how do end up a millionaire in the horse business? Start with 2 million.
My son mentioned on FB that he made Dean's List with a 3.75. But he isn't at UVA Law School, he is a freshman at a public liberal arts school.
He got one comment. It was me grounding him for not getting a 4.0 :)
Given the quality of a lot of the crap I see on FB, somebody mentioning they killed it in school that semester seems like a non-issue. Hell, out local paper calls out local kids that make Dean's List or Honors or whatever it may be called at their school.
The NRA has never let looking ridiculous stand in the way of their policy decisions. There constituents are not really the hunters and assorted gun nuts that join the organization. Their primary concern is to protect the profits of gun manufacturers. Everything else is window dressing.
I've pointed out that I think the real breakthrough opportunity is in figuring out ways to get "students" to teach the subject matter themselves
2 million homeschoolers in the US have already figured this out. Make sure kids have the core skills they need to learn, reading, writing, and math up through about Algebra I and Geometry. Then get the hell out of their way and let them follow their interests. Both of my kids had advanced college level knowledge of the stuff that interested them while they were high school age, in subjects I know little about.
I would expect anybody running for President to back off any promises related to civil liberty once elected. Once they get into office and see what they can do, why would they ever give that power up? The President would have to be completely selfless, and selfless people don't get elected President.