Monday, July 25, 2011

The nonprofit JTEL: a 501(c)(3) public charity

The John Trigg Ester Library, Inc., is now officially a public charity!

The JTEL received its official letter of determination from the IRS today:
Dear Applicant:

We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.
Furthermore, the effective date of the exemption is our incorporation recognition date with the State of Alaska: November 19, 2009.

This is a huge step in our organizational work, and will enable us to qualify for many grants that we could not previously apply for. If you would like to assist the JTEL in working on grant applications or other fundraising efforts, please consider volunteering for our Capital Campaign Committee, or, if that seems daunting, we also have a Fundraising Group and temporary committees for our community fundraisers.