A section of the Internal Revenue code that provides exemption from federal income tax to organizations required to devote their resources to educational, religious, scientific, or other charitable activities. Contributions to a 501(c)(3) are deductible from a donor’s federal income tax. A 501(c)(3) organization is strictly forbidden from engaging in any political activity on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office. 501(c)(3) organizations are divided into two categories: public charities and private foundations. Public charities may engage in a limited amount of lobbying, whereas private foundations are taxed on any money spent for lobbying. Examples: public charities include Alliance for Justice and Sierra Club Foundation; private foundations include The Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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Posted by Andrew Phifer on November 25, 2014
With World AIDS Day approaching, read about the important work of our member organization AIDS United. Their Southern REACH initiative supports improvement of HIV/AIDS focused policy and advocacy by community-based organizations in nine Southern states.