The Optimist Club of Jasper is actually two different organizations under the Internal Revenue Code. The Optimist Club is a fraternal organization under Section 501 (c) (4), which is tax-free, but contributions to which are not tax-deductible. The Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation, Inc. is a charitable corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) that operates our charitable programs, and is eligible to receive charitable contributions.
The Optimist Club has operated as a fraternal organization in Jasper for over 30 years. By the mid-2000’s, the Internal Revenue Service had adopted a policy that fraternal organizations could not receive tax-free contributions because of their non-charitable activities. To better serve our community, in 2014, the Optimist Club decided to establish a foundation to operate our charitable programs, and be eligible to receive contributions under Section 501 (c) (3). We applied for 501(c)(3) status in 2013, and received a determination letter in October, 2014 confirming that contributions to the Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation, Inc. are fully tax-deductible. Special thanks to Paul Ray for spear heading the effort on behalf of the club!
The 2014-2015 Foundation Board and Officers are:
Chairman - Tom DiPuma
Vice Chair – Bruce Godfrey
Secretary – David Slade
Treasurer – Bob Lewis
Board At large – Parish Lowrie
Contributions can be made to:
Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation
PO Box 22
Jasper GA 30143
A letter of thanks with our EIN number for your tax purposes will be mailed after receipt.