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Foundations and Fundraising. What do you need to know?. Zonta clubs have the same federal income tax status as ZI – non-profit tax exempt organization with 501(c )(4) status

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Foundations and fundraising

Foundations and Fundraising

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What do you need to know

What do you need to know?

  • Zonta clubs have the same federal income tax status as ZI – non-profit tax exempt organization with 501(c )(4) status

  • Zonta International Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization under Sec 501(c )(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Clubs have to establish a charitable 501(c )(3) status

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Should you file for 501 c 3

Should You File for 501 (c ) 3?

  • Exempt status enables Clubs to pursue grants and solicit corporate contributions

  • Great fundraising tool

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  • Is someone willing to complete the application?

  • Should we pay for application completion -- $500-$750?

  • Are we prepared to:

    Apply for Employer Identification Number


Challenges continued

Challenges Continued

  • Are we prepared to: Write bylaws, documents?

  • Complete corporate status paperwork?

  • Do we have funds to cover User Fee?

  • Order and review Publication 4220?

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Donor benefits

Donor Benefits

  • Certificates

  • Specialty awards

  • Invitation to special events

  • Advanced notice of important club information

  • Advanced purchase of future event tickets

  • Special dinners with important club members or area public figures

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Printed resources

Printed Resources

Zonta Club Manual – October 2011

Section 14, US Tax Matters and Filing Requirements, pages 97-99

(Zonta International publication available on line)

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Resource for decisions

Resource for Decisions

Bonnie Odom-Brown, District 15 Treasurer



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Council on foundations cof

Council on Foundations (COF)

  • National membership organization for foundations

  • Coordinates the national standards process to ensure high standards for quality


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Council of michigan foundations

Council of Michigan Foundations

  • Membership organization collectively covers

    entire state of Michigan

  • For how CMF supports community foundations:

  • 50 out of 55 MI CommunityFoundations are certified

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Community foundation of southeast mi

Community Foundation of Southeast MI

  • Founded in 1984

  • A membership organization covering 7 counties – Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston, St Clair

  • Has distributed more than $615 million through 48,000 grants to nonprofit organizations

  • Contact: 313-961-6675 Randy Ross

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Donor advised fund

Donor Advised Fund

  • A charitable fund that makes giving easy

  • You join hundreds who have chosen a way to support charitable causes

  • Staff ensures recipient organization is valid

  • You establish and name fund; $10,000 min.

  • You recommend grant distributions

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Community foundation of canada

Community Foundation of Canada

  • Vision: All communities are ready to address pressing problems like poverty, unemployment, hunger and housing.

  • All citizens are able to benefit from the best a community can offer.

  • Website:

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Develop resource

Develop Resource

Connect with 1 or 2 people who can be available as a future resource

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Plan of action

Plan of Action

  • What is your next step?

  • What resources do you need?

  • What is your deadline?

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