We are a small non-profit theatre. We are chartered as a 501 (c) 3 organization. Our playhouse is small (250 seats), but we are finally getting it equipped.
Various other organizations "hint" that we should give away our tech time (all volunteers) and not charge them rental for using our facility. Case in point is the Chamber of Commerce. They would like to have the local beauty pageant at our facility. Currently all rentals have to pay a tech fee for having our people run the lights and sound (we DO NOT let outside people run lights or sound using our equipment). It isn't much, but it is enough to pay the volunteers for gas and meals.
So - how do I convince the board that not charging rent is a bad idea? If the volunteers want to waive the tech fee, that is their business.