IRS revokes Nighthawks’ nonprofit status – Valley News

In 2015, Noah Crane announced he was bringing summer baseball in the Upper Valley to a new level. Crane recruited college players and coaches from across the country to play for his fledgling Upper Valley Nighthawks, who threw their first pitch in June of the following year.

“Playing in the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League — NECBL, for short — the Nighthawks made Maxfield Sports Complex on Route 5 in White River Junction their home. The team’s startup costs were in the $300,000-$400,000 range, which included the league’s $75,000 expansion fee. To help cover the expenses, Crane went about setting up a nonprofit foundation — just as the league and its other dozen teams have done over the years. Getting the Internal Revenue Service’s stamp of approval to operate as a nonprofit was key to the Nighthawks’ survival. Through its Nighthawks Baseball Foundation, the team could solicit charitable contributions — large and small — from businesses, philanthropic organizations and individuals.."

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