[Noisebridge-board] donation receipt

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 2 04:57:37 UTC 2009

I have been keeping track of all of the donations to Noisebridge that I am aware of, monetary and in-kind.  My plan was to send out official thank-you letters to all donors after we get our approval for 501(c)(3).



So far, beside for donations from me, I only have record of 1 in-kind donation:  a bunch of darkroom stuff from Devin Romero, a friend of Miloh's.



I have records of all monetary donations.



If anyone has record of any in-kind donations, they should send them to me to keep track of.







> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:35:14 -0800
> From: rachel at xtreme.com
> To: board at lists.noisebridge.net
> Subject: [Noisebridge-board] donation receipt
> Hi guys,
> I just heard from the person with the PIR motion sensor boards. He is
> interested in donating them to Noisebridge, along with a scanner and, I
> believe, an oscilloscope and logic analyzer. (I turned down a printer.)
> He's going to come to Noisebridge Monday night around 9 with all of
> these things and possibly other things.
> I've just been doing a bit of research on our responsibilities as a
> future 501-c-3 organization. Based primarily on the information in this
> pamphlet[1], I believe we are not actually required to provide a receipt
> or valuation of donations to any donor if we do not provide any goods or
> services in exchange (if we did that, we'd need to provide
> acknowledgment for donations valued over $250). The donor may not take
> the deduction, however, without such an acknowledgment.
> I think we should:
> 1. keep a record of all donations
> 2. provide a receipt with our 501-c-3 number, when we get it, as a
> service to our donors
> These could be combined by simply keeping a copy of the receipt.
> See the attached form which looks to me be suitable. I haven't got a
> good sense of whether the form should need to be signed by a board
> member; that isn't specifically mentioned in the IRS pamphlet but the
> context they have is closer to a yearly statement which seems more
> onerous for us than providing a receipt at the time of the donation.
> I'd worry that if we don't require a board member signature that people
> (not NB people of course!) could more easily forge a form like this and
> we could get accused of fraud.
> Thoughts?
> Rachel
> [1] http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1771.pdf
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