[cg] Fwd: Non profit status
>Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 12:29:43 -0700
>From: AVANOLE@aol.com (by way of Lucy Bradley <email@example.com>)
>Subject: Non profit status
>Our community garden project has applied for 501 (c) 3 using Form 1023. It
>has come back with a question of consideration for federal exemption-- that if
>the gardeners keep their produce, then the organization is engaged in
>activities for private interests. The IRS letter sees the produce as products
>or funds that are diverted from exempt purposes to private purposes, when
>families keep their own food. Most of our gardeners are not low income.
>The organization engages in education, youth programs, improving nutrition,
>providing garden space, helping other groups start community gardens, and also
>give produce weekly to the food pantry (250lbs) during the harvesting months.
>BUT, yes, we want to eat and share with our neighbors what we grow, too.
>Does anyone have a thought about how community gardens are considered non-
>profit and is food really funds, profits or products?
>Coppell Community Garden
Lucy K. Bradley
Extension Agent, Urban Horticulture
The University of Arizona
4341 E Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040-8807
Phone: (602) 470-8086 ext 323
Fax: (602) 470-8092
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