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Ti Alliance gets non-profit status

IRS approval comes in time for year-end donations

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has received 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has received 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

— The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has received 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

The notice comes as the alliance seeks year-end contributions.

“This is a huge boost to the efforts of the alliance,” Chattie Van Wert, alliance executive director, said. “Achieving 501(c)(3) status now means that all donations to the alliance are tax deductible.

“In the past two years the alliance has been challenged in their fund-raising efforts because 501(c)(3) status is required to be eligible for government and most foundation grants,” she said. “This opens up new opportunities for government, foundation, and private donation sources.”

The alliance applied for the public charity status nearly two years ago, but a ruling was delayed because of a backlog of applications at the IRS, Van Wert said. With assistance from Rep. Bill Owens’ office, Van Wert, Jim Beaty and other alliance board members, the application was reviewed and approved.

“We received notification recently that the application had been expedited, but we didn’t really know what that meant in the timeline of the IRS,” Van Wert said. “Needless to say, we were thrilled to get our approval last week. We especially want to thank Jim Beaty, Bill Owens and the congressman’s staff for their help in this process. The alliance has had a great year and this just opens up new doors for what we can do in the future.”

In addition to any future donations to Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance being tax deductible, donations to the alliance dating back to Dec. 31, 2010, are also deductible. Anyone needing receipts for previous donations can write to PO Box 247, Ticonderoga 12883, Email ChattieVW@ticonderoga-alliance.org or leave a message at 565-0054.

Year-end tax deductible donations can be sent to Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, PO Box 247, Ticonderoga, 12883. Tax receipts will be provided.

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