As an existing 501(c)3 operating as a medical clinic in Florida, can we open a soup kitchen as a dba under the same status?
We organized as a nonprofit free medical clinic and received our 501(c)3 in 2007. We would now like to open a soup kitchen as a separate entity. Is that permitted? Must the soup kitchen have its own tax ID?
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Unless the Florida secretary of state has already approved of including "soup kitchen" among the variety of services that the center will offer at no charge, you must create a separate entity.
You cannot use a DBA for the soup kitchen activities under these circumstances. However, every state’s formation laws can differ. Make sure to consult with an attorney who specializes in not-for-profit organizations before you take your next step.