What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

  • The IRS gives special tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to qualifying non-profit organizations that apply for this special status.  This status can be granted to “corporations, and any community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals." 

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Why do I need to fill out a nomination form if my charity is not on the LIST of Eligible Charities?

  • Many of the members will be unfamiliar with the charities that are being nominated and will only hear a short five-minute presentation before being asked to vote and commit $100 to the winning charity.  While the nomination form creates a small extra step for you, it assures our members that any charity that receives an award satisfies our listed criteria (see 'Submit Nominations'), and that their donations will be tax deductible. 

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How do I nominate a charity at the meeting?

  • Any member who has signed the commitment form and is a member in good standing can nominate a charity that has been vetted as explained above, and can vote at each meeting.   In order to have enough time to vet a charity and allow members to peruse and gain some familiarity with each nominee, submissions must be in, at least, 36 hours prior to the meeting.  Please note that while members are encouraged to nominate a charity, it is not a requirement for membership.  Many members are happy to support the charities nominated by others without ever nominating one themselves.
  • When you arrive at the meeting, you will have the opportunity to put a slip of paper that contains your name and the name of your charity into the nomination box. Three different charities will be selected randomly from the box.  The member whose name is on each slip will be asked to give a five-minute presentation explaining why her nominated charity should receive the award.  A short Q&A will follow at the conclusion of the three presentations, and then the group will vote on which charity should receive the award.  Please note that only members may present a charity or vote. 

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What do I have to say in my presentation?

  • If you're considering nominating a charity, go to 'Pitch Tips' to help you craft your presentation.

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Can a charity be nominated by more than one person?

  • No. A charity can only be nominated one time at each meeting. The first member in good standing who puts the charity name in the 'hat' gives the five-minute presentation, but that person can defer the presentation to another member who nominated the same charity.

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Can I nominate a charity if I cannot attend the meeting?

  • No. You must be present to nominate a charity (or someone who will do the pitch).

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Once a charity receives an award, can it be nominated again?

  • Any charity that receives an award must wait a year before it can be nominated again.

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Once a charity is presented, if it is not chosen, can it be nominated again?

  • Yes.  In fact, other chapters tell us that charities that are presented but not awarded the donation often win the donation the second or third time they are presented.  Persistence pays.

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What happens to the names of the nominated charities that are not picked out of the box?

  • At the end of each meeting, the nomination box is emptied, so each meeting has a brand new set of nominations.