FAQs

Can only 501(c)(3) organizations receive grants?
In most cases, we can provide a grant to organizations that have not received a 501(c)(3) status.  Those organizations that are incorporated in the State of Ohio, but have not received a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS need to provide us with proof that the money is paying for expenses of a charitable project or organization.  Sufficient proof is often paperwork such as invoices from a vendor, contracts for service, purchase orders for equipment, etc.  The Community Foundation will work with you to determine the correct items that qualify.

How do I know if our organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization?
If your organization applied for a 501(c)(3) status, the IRS returned to the organization a Determination Letter defining whether you have been granted this status or another type of status.  Only a 501(c)(3) status is considered tax-exempt.  Many service clubs are 501(c)(4) organizations, for example, and are not tax-exempt.   You may search the IRS.org website to see if your organization is a 501(c)(3) organization listed in its Publication 78.  The Guidestar. org website also lists many of these organizations.  The IRS now requires all small 501(c)(3) organizations to annually submit a brief report indicating they are still operating.  Those organizations that have not submitted such a report or a Form 990 within the past three years, may have had their status revoked and are no longer considered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities.

Can my organization request or receive grants from multiple charitable funds?
Yes, each charitable fund makes grants independently from other funds.  It is possible to receive grants from several charitable funds.