Effective for 2013, the parent organization of COOL – the Alexander Hamilton Institute For Constitutional Studies – has been granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, and contributions now made to COOL are tax deductible!
More than a year was spent trying to secure this designation, and now that we are a 501.c.3 there will necessarily be some changes to how we operate.
First, while COOL will continue to be a membership-driven operation, membership dues will now be tax-deductible since there is no actual product or service transacted. Members will continue to have voting rights at the annual Membership Meeting, and will also continue to have the right to vote for the leadership team that sits on the Board.
Second, in order to eliminate some paperwork headaches, COOL will no longer be charging for its course presentations. Whether it is the “Institute On The Constitution” or “A More Perfect Union” or a “Birth Of Freedom”, all presentations made by COOL will be fee-free. We will, consequently and necessarily, be requesting contributions at all events in which we participate – but, again, these contributions will be tax-deductible. (We will, however, be required to begin charging for the workbooks that we provide at our featured presentations.)
The new tax status of COOL will not change our goals and objectives – to reintroduce the Constitution and our Founding Fathers vision for this republic to the people of Pennsylvania. If anything, the tax-deductibility of contributions is intended to generate additional funding to permit COOL to reach a broader audience, and to permit contributors and members to receive a tangible benefit for their support of COOL.
We hope this information is beneficial to you, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.