Re: legal question RE: fundraising
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 21 May 1996 11:24:01 -0400
I think that you are wrong. I've been told at PTC, Commissioner
Training and by 3 Councils that unit's tax status comes from their
Chartered Organization. I tried to get a Federal Tax ID number for a
donation, and none of the councils would provde.
It costs hundreds of dollars to get a 501 3 (C) designation. The IRS,
the last time I checked, took 5 years to approve an application, or a
quicker determination letter cost $2-300. That's a lot of money for a
unit to get donations.
An out is to have more than one CO. If you are chartered by "The
Interested Parents of Troop..." you can also have your local Church as a
CO and use their Tax character and number. (per my last council's advice
for my troop char chartered by a military base)
Hope my information isn't outdated. If it isn't please advise, I'm
always working this angle.
MCB Quantico, VA
Kathie Cerveny wrote:
> The Chartered Org. simply "leases" for one year at a time, out copyrighted
> PROGRAM, owned by BSA. BSA is a not-for-profit, as are all regions, areas,
> councils, district, and units. Stop and think a moment. ALL of BSA has a
> "tax exempt" number issued as a not-for-profit organization. We are
> FEDERALLY chartered ourselves by the US Congress.
> THe units are legal entities, only districts are not, as they are the ARMS
> of a local council. Your reference are the current rules and regulations
> and Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America, available through your
> local council trading post.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City