Nonprofit/Donate

NoCoNet Nonprofit Status and Donations
There are many kinds of nonprofits in the country, and they are not all equal in the eyes of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). This document is to clarify where NoCoNet fits and what rights and responsibilities we have with our current status.
 
IN BRIEF:
NoCoNet has a status as a registered nonprofit organization in good standing with the State of Colorado (via the Secretary of State).  NoCoNet has never sought nor received any designation as a tax-exempt organization, a 501(c)3, for example. That means: 

  • We pay taxes for all of our purchases of supplies and services (such as web hosting) for the organization. Some service providers choose to give us a discount as a nonprofit; there is no tax credit for them if they do so.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization, with no employees or paid positions.
  • We do not charge anyone for membership or for our services.
  • No donations to NoCoNet are eligible for tax deductions for the donor, including money, time, or expertise. NoCoNet does not pay presenters, volunteers, other service providers, or the locations where we hold our meetings, for their services, nor do we provide them with documentation for them to request tax deductions from the IRS for their donations.
  • We do provide thank you notes acknowledging significant gifts, without specifying the value or time spent on the volunteer activity.

NoCoNet also limits the opportunity for members, partners, and presenters to self-promote (other than for work-related skills development, such as elevator speeches), advertise, etc. for personal profit, as it is antithetical to the purpose of NoCoNet. We protect our members from exploitation while giving them access to high quality services and information.
Small donations are gratefully accepted (not tax deductible). Please mail to: 
P.O. Box 270342Fort Collins, CO 80527