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The current application process for nonprofits to apply for the 2009 dividend cycle is over.

The good news is the application process will start again next year.

In order to help you get ready, the following is a list of eligibility criteria your organization will have to meet. Your organization will have to meet ALL of the following criteria, and be able to submit documentation in support of each.

  • Has a current exemption from federal taxation under 26 U.S.C 501(c)(3)
  • Has a current IRS Form 990 on file with the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
  • Provided service in Alaska during the two calendar years that immediately precede the year the application is filed – in this case 2006 AND 2007
  • Is directed by a voluntary board of directors or local advisory board, all of whom are Alaska residents
  • Receives at least $100,000 or five percent (5%) (whichever is less) of its annual receipts from charitable contributions
  • For organizations with a total annual budget exceeding $250,000, an “unqualified” financial audit by an independent, certified public accountant

In addition, the organization cannot make grants or contributions to another organization that is exempt from taxation under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(4) or (6).

Will my organization be eligible for PFD Check-off Program?

According to the legislation, the only eligible organizations will be the following:

  • Certain educational institutions, including the campuses of the University of Alaska
  • Community Foundations
  • Charitable organizations with the purpose of:
    • Youth development
    • Workforce development
    • Arts and culture
    • Primary, vocational and higher education
    • Health and dental care
    • Recreational facilities
    • Child abuse and neglect
    • Economic development
    • Food assistance
    • Libraries
    • Public broadcasting
    • Recycling of waste
    • Animal rescue
    • Zoos
    • Aid and services to:
      • The elderly
      • Low income individuals
      • Individuals in emergency situations
      • Victims of crime
      • Disabled individuals
      • Individuals with mental illness

For the full text of the statute, please go to http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=HB0166Z&session=25

Which organizations are not eligible?

According to the legislation your organization is not eligible if it is an affiliate of another group, or if it makes grants or contributions to a 501c(4) or 501c(6) organization

What documents should I get together?

Although we are still waiting for the final application process and requirements from the Department of Revenue, it would be useful to gather the following documents as a start:

  • IRS Letter of Determination
  • last two years of 990’s
  • Bylaws
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • Updated board contact list with resident addresses

Again, it is possible that additional paperwork will be required. When you apply, please read the application carefully.

If you have questions regarding the legislation, possible eligibility criteria, or the necessary supporting documentation, please email pfdinfo@forakergroup.org or 1-888-785-GIFT.