Optimist Club of Jasper

Optimist Club of Jasper

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tax deductible donation? Yes we can!


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.

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