Optimist Club of Jasper

Optimist Club of Jasper

*Yes, we are a 501 (c) (3) - Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation*





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 2016-2017 Foundation Board and Officers are:

Chairman - Jim Kirk

  Vice Chair – David Slade

Secretary – Bruce Godfrey

Treasurer – Paul Ray

Board At large – Parish Lowrie

Tax Deductible Contributions can be made to:

Optimist Club of Jasper Foundation

PO Box 22

Jasper GA 30143






Past Officers
2014-2015 Foundation Board Officers:

Chairman - Tom DiPuma

  Vice Chair – Bruce Godfrey

Secretary – David Slade

Treasurer – Bob Lewis

Board At large – Parish Lowrie


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