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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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