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  •  Clarification sought on anonymous donations (1+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley

    Do I understand your comment correctly to say that the blanket of anonymity is complete unless the individual chooses to release their tax form as long as the receiving organization is a recognized non profit of a certain source?

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 04:35:43 PM PST

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    •  Depends on the type. (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueStateRedhead, notrouble

      Most 501(c) designations do allow the organization to keep donor's identities secret, since they aren't required to report their names to the IRS, only the dollar amounts of donations. Many 501(c)(3)s will reveal donors if the donors don't mind, but that's voluntary. You are correct that the only way to know if someone gave to a 501(c)(3) if the organization isn't telling is by looking at their own tax filings, not those of the organization.

      It's also possible that the organization has the names in other records (in fact it's highly probable if they know who the donor is themselves) but these are private corporate records (since all 501(c)s are, by definition, non-profit corporations) and can't be accessed by others unless there's a compelling legal reason and a court order of some kind.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 04:48:22 PM PST

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