Help Needed with Non-profit Status

From: Keys <>
Date: Mon Dec 2 14:06:01 2002

In the second warehouse I have office space that is enclosed that I setup as
small museum area that can be shown by appointment and before I filled the
warehouse I could give a small group(2 to 3 people) tours of the warehouse
(no insurance to cover large groups). I used to give presentations at the
local middle and high schools in the TwinCities (MN). My needs right now are
for a permanent place for the collection (rents went up again) and to get
some funding to help with the expenses. If I meet these two goals then I
will be able to open to the public with regular hours.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Smith" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: Help Needed with Non-profit Status

> > I'm trying to get all the paper work done before the end of the (2002)
> > to get non-profit status from the IRS and the State (TX). I can't decide
> > which is the best between a 501(c)3 or a 501(c)4 organization? Which
> > did most of you that have filed use for your computer museum? Any other
> > help with task would be great. Thanks in advance.
> Do you actually have a museum that is open to the public (or by
> appointment)? Or do you have some other way that you operate in the
> public interest?
> Or is that not required to qualify as a 501(c)3?
> I just looked it up with Google:
> (3)
> Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and
> operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for
> public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or
> international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its
> activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or
> for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net
> earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or
> individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on
> propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as
> otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in,
> or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements),
> any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate
> for public office.
> (4)
> (A)
> Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated
> exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, or local associations of
> employees, the membership of which is limited to the employees of a
> designated person or persons in a particular municipality, and the net
> earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or
> recreational purposes.
> (B)
> Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to an entity unless no part of the net
> earnings of such entity inures to the benefit of any private shareholder
> or individual.
> I can see where a computer museum falls under "educational purposes" in
> 501(c)3, if it is accessible to the public, but not how it would qualify
> for 501(c)4. But of course, IANAL.
Received on Mon Dec 02 2002 - 14:06:01 GMT

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