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NCDD is an official 501(c)(3) organization!

I wanted to officially announce to the network that NCDD’s application for tax exempt status has been approved.  Finally — NCDD is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization!

This means we’ll be able to apply for and receive grant funds directly, rather than going through our fiscal agent (since 2004, that has been Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good). It also means that contributions to NCDD are tax deductible, and that a portion of membership dues, event registration fees, and event sponsorships will be tax deductible. Our Board will be determining the amounts that will be considered tax deductible; the value of goods and services received for dues, registration, sponsorships, etc. is not deductible.

Our summer fund drive contributors were told that our application for 501(c)(3) status was pending, but that we hoped their contributions would be fully tax deductible.  We’re happy to let them know that their generous contributions are indeed tax deductible.  Feel free to download our exempt letter if you need it for your records.  You can also email NCDD office manager Joy Garman at joy@ncdd.org to request an official letter acknowledging your tax deductible donation.

Our exempt status is effective retroactively back to July 18, 2008, which is the day NCDD became a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Pennsylvania.

If you have hesitated in the past to support NCDD beyond your membership dues because contributions were not yet officially tax deductible, please consider showing your support today! Instructions for donating — or just renewing your membership dues — are posted at www.ncdd.org/donate.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Josephine Cooper says:

    Wonderful news. I know there is a lot of paperwork and scrutiny involved in getting this done. Congratulations!

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