Test-Drive the NEW F16 by Blaser at USAYESS events.
Best in class
Perfectly balanced, with the lowest profile receiver on the market, the Blaser F16 comes along racy, elegant and extremely pointable at the same time. The all new F16 is immediately best in its class!
It is the unique combination of excellent characteristics which makes the all new Blaser over-and-under shotgun F16 second to none. With the lowest profile receiver on the market the F16 boasts an exceptionally low centre of gravity, making it extraordinary pointable and dynamic. This is boosted by the accentuated dynamic, semi-rounded action design, devised using an innovative monocoque construction. The shooter feels immediately the difference when picking up the shotgun. The best prerequisite for becoming a better shot!
Besides the intuitive pointability, the newly developed tapered rib supports the pheripheral vision of the shooter and results in a faster target acquisition. The Triplex® bore design and the proven Blaser ejection system (EBS®), which cocks the ejectors when the gun is opened, allows the shooter to focus on what is really important: hitting the next target. The fast mechanics and a crisp trigger pull (1,650 grams/3 lb.10oz.) allow for a fast transition from thought impulse to ignition.
With the accustomed reliability, the Inertial Block System (IBS®) prevents without any compromise an involuntary second shot or the unintentional triggering of a second shot while maintaining a superb trigger pull.
Modern production operations, the use of high-strength materials and the technological perfection Blaser is so well-known for, make the F16 a highly reliable and long-lasting shotgun for the range or in the field.
The Sporting version, which weighs just over 7 lb 8 oz. (3.4 kg), is available with 30” or 32” inch barrels, while the Game version weighs approximately 6.1 lb 13 oz. (3.1 kg) and is available with 28” or 29” barrels
What a year it will be for youth shooting sports! We are excited to announce that all donations made to the MidwayUSA Foundation Endowment of your choice will be matched 2:1 for the entire year.
We could not be more excited about the opportunties this new matching program will bring. Every contribution is tax deductable and will impact the shooting program that you choose. Our ability to match every donation, 2:1, is possible because of generous donations from Larry and Brenda Potterfield and their passion for the future of youth shooting sports.
Support your favorite shooting program in 2017 and give to their MidwayUSA Foundation Endowment. Learn more by visiting midwayusafoundation.org.
Together, we're changing the future of
youth shooting sports.
For those clubs which enjoy four seasons, Clay Delay has the perfect skeet puller...it's wireless!!! Yes, no more cord to get hung up in the snow!!!
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We've tested it in practice and in tournaments...it's worked flawlessly.
"It's the best thing since sliced bread. Never had a problem with it." Craig Hancock, Hancock Shooting Academy
"This is exactly what we needed for our winter events. We don't have to drag a cord around through the snow. I highly recommend other clubs to look into Clay Delay products." Bill Campbell, President, Fort Colville Gun Club, Colville WA
"We use it extensivly because it cuts down on the set-up time which allows for more paractice time. We also use the voice call when athletes work alone on stations. We've used Caly Delay Auto-Puller for over eight years now, and never had a problem with any of their products." Mike Borg, USAYESS President
"I use it when I travel to other clubs and there's no one to pull for me. It works great and allows me to concentrate of what I'm doing at my own pace." Charles 'Chic' Worthing
I am eleven years old and started trap shooting the fall of 2014. This is my second year as an
ATA Sub Junior, with four more Sub Junior years to look forward to. I have always been
passionate about the outdoors. As early as I can remember, I have spent time with my family
enjoying the outdoors from fishing to scouting and hunting. In December 2014, with my goals
in place, I joined the AIM/ATA and USAYESS programs and shot my first registered event for the
2015 season at the Purgatory Gun Club in St. George, Utah. Since then, I have shot 18,000
registered targets at many ATA, AIM, USAYESS, and CYSSA events.
2016 Major Accomplishments
2017 All American 2nd Team
2017 AIM All Star Team Captain (Based on preliminary list)
2017 Utah State Team
ATA Record set to be the youngest on record to shoot a 200 straight in a championship
singles event. I was 11 Years old when I set this record at the 2016 Utah State Shoot.
ATA Record set to be the youngest on record to shoot a 100 singles and a 100 handicap
straight on the same day. I was 11 Years old when I set this record at the 2016 Western
2015 Shooting Season
Champion in 15 MSE events
AIM Online Zone Singles Champion
AIM State Championship Pre-Sub
AIM State Handicap Champion
AIM State Doubles Champion
Utah State Sub-Jr. Doubles Champion
Utah State Sub-Jr. Handicap Champion
Utah State High All Around Champion.
• Tristate Open Rookie Singles Champion
• Utah State Rookie Singles Champion
• US Open Rookie Singles Champion
2016 Shooting Season
USTA Sub-Jr. State Team Captain
Aim 2016 Rookie of the Year
Champion in 15 MSE events
AIM State Championship Pre-Sub
AIM State Handicap Pre-Sub Champion
AIM State Doubles Pre-Sub Champion
AIM Zone Singles Runner Up
5 Utah State Championship Awards
(including High over all and high all
6 Nevada State Championship Awards
(including High over all and high all
5 Western Grand Championship Awards
(including High over all and high all
3rd place in Western Zone High All
Around and High Overall
AIM Grand American
Doubles Runner Up
2017 Preliminary Shoot Schedule
October 26 – 30, 2016 Nevada State Shoot Las Vegas, Nevada
November 12 – 15, 2016 Autumn Grand Tucson, Arizona
December 5 – 6, 2016 Freeman Memorial St. George, Utah
January 2, 2017 Utah AIM MSE Ogden, Utah
February 4, 2017 Utah AIM MSE Ogden, Utah
February 22 – 26, 2017 Spring Grand Tucson, Arizona
March 5, 2017 Utah AIM MSE Ogden, Utah
April 2, 2017 Utah AIM MSE Ogden, Utah
April 16, 2017 Utah AIM MSE Ogden, Utah
May 25 – 30, 2017 Idaho State Shoot Pocatello, Idaho
June 6 -11, 2017 Western Grand Vernal, Utah
June 21 – 26, 2017 Utah State Shoot Spanish fork, Utah
July 2017 Wyoming State Shoot TBD, Wyoming
August 5 – 12, 2017 Grand American Sparta, Illinois
My 2017 Personal Shooting Goals:
As I look toward the upcoming year, my personal shooting goals are to earn a position on the
2018 All American Team, maintain my position as Captain of the Utah State Team, win the Sub
Junior High All-Around awards at the Utah State, Nevada State, and Autumn Grand ATA Shoots
and win the pre-sub category for all 21 Utah AIM events. My long term goal is to be on the
Olympic Shooting Team
Apply for your MidwayUSA Foundation Grant
We are currently accepting grant applications and your shooting team is eligible. Your grant payout will be based on your MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account balance on December 15th, but you can apply anytime! Even after you apply you can continue to grow your account with donations and fundraisers to increase your payout!
Once your grant application is complete, emailing it to us is the quickest way to submit [email@example.com] but you can also mail it or fax it. We'll be in touch about the process but please email us if you don't receive a confirmation within 2 weeks of your submittal.
Don't miss your chance to fund your shooting team. Apply for your grant today.
Together, we're changing the future of youth shooting sports.
Western US Program Manager (west of the Mississippi): Jeff McClure; (573) 447-5959
Eastern US Program Manager (east of the Mississippi): Terry DeWitt; (573) 447-5969
NOTE for USAYESS:
If you do not intend to use any endowment funds or where not planning on making a withdraw from you account, we highly recommend that you still withdraw your 5% and simply send the funds back to the foundation. They will match it 1:1. Yes, you will double you money!!!
If you do a raffle; you might be able to send your funds in to your state and the will match it up to a certain amount. They will then turn around and send the funds to the foundation who will also match your original deposit. Yes, it becomes a 2:1 match!!!
Instead of ordering one item to raffle off, order the whole set and have one large raffle. Your odds of making more money inprove tremendously.
Find a local business to sponsor your raffle tickets and put thier logo on the tickets.
To see the current raffle items available click here
If you can not do raffles in your state, you are encouraged to do any type of fundraising and MidwayUSA Foundation will still match any funds sent in 1:1.
MIDWAYUSA FOUNDATION HOSTS YOUTH SHOOTING PARTNERS CONFERENCE
Columbia, MO – Over sixty people gathered in Columbia, Missouri October 14th and 15th to celebrate the youth shooting sports industry. The MidwayUSA Foundation hosted partners from across the nation at its annual Youth Shooting Partners Conference.
“To accomplish our mission of helping communities fund their youth shooting teams, we rely on the assistance of partners, both at the state and national level. These partners are hosting competitions, helping create more teams and assisting with fundraisers, so we wanted to bring them together to say thank you and offer more tools to help grow and sustain youth shooting sports,” said Randy Moeller, MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director. The two-day conference, held annually, covered information about MidwayUSA Foundation programs, 501(c)(3) tips, fundraising ideas, and offered all the partners a chance to network and speak about their respective programs.
(L to R): Tim Sellin; TNYESS President, Larry and Brenda; Potterfield MidwayUSA founders, Ellie Sellin; USAYESS South eastern Regional Director.
(L to R): Scott Ackley; NVYESS President, Rose Ackley USAYESS Western Regional Director, Jeff McClure; MidwayUSA Foundation Western US.
Sharon Roddey, South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation Director, spoke about her experience at the conference. “Meeting with others that have a likeminded vision, as well as sharing ideas and learning during the conference, enabled us [partners] to have a better understanding of the programs and opportunities available. The conference provided us with tools to assist in making our teams and agencies successful in growing their MidwayUSA Foundation Team and Agency Endowment Accounts. It is an honor to be associated with an organization that is working to ensure a legacy for youth shooting.”
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. High school and college shooting teams each have a Team Endowment Account that they grow with donations, fundraisers, and earnings. Then, each year, they are eligible to receive a grant to assist with team expenses. Every donation made is 100% tax deductible and is matched by the MidwayUSA Foundation’s matching program.
For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit www.midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Junior Shoot-Out
The 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Junior Shoot-Out wil introduce an Open Division. The Open division will be in Make-A-Break, the PSCA Junior Tour Qualifier, and Super Sporting. The Open division events and awards will be open to all USAYESS teams, regardless of residency. Scholarship evemts will continue to be close to FFA and 4-H teams.
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Grant Helps Provide Gun Locks to State Agencies through NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Program
PITTSBURGH, Penn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) will make Project ChildSafe gun locks and safety education literature available to all 50 state fish and wildlife agencies in 2016, thanks to a generous grant through the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund.
The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund awarded an $80,000 grant to the Project ChildSafe Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The grant provides state fish and wildlife agencies access to Project ChildSafe materials to further promote gun safety to hunters and target shooters, with an emphasis on distributing gun locks and safety literature in hunter education classes.
“We could not be more appreciative of this generous grant made possible through the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and for their support for our Project ChildSafe program, which provides genuine firearm safety education and can help save lives,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “State agencies and hunter education instructors regularly ask for Project ChildSafe locks and literature, and now, thanks to the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant, we can help meet that demand for firearm safety materials.”
As a result of the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund grant, more than 52,000 Project ChildSafe cable-style gun locks will be provided to state agencies, along with firearm safety literature, infographics, pledges and a DVD containing five gun safety videos. NSSF will supplement the grant with additional gun locks and literature for state agencies.
“As a firearms retailer, Cabela’s has always made safe firearms handling and storage a top priority,” said Scott Wanetka, Vice President of Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. “We are proud to support the Project ChildSafe program and the important work that is being done to keep firearm safety top of mind through the distribution of gun locks and safety education materials.”
Cabela’s references the Project ChildSafe program as a resource for gun safety materials in its Own Responsibly firearm safety initiative.
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund
Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to efforts that promote and protect hunting, shooting sports, trapping, fishing, camping and conservation. This fund is possible through donations from generous Cabela’s customers who choose to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar at Cabela’s stores. The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund contributes to other like-minded organizations in communities across the country working to make the great outdoors even better.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.
Project ChildSafe is a national firearm safety education program that has distributed more than 37 million firearm safety kits that include a gun lock and safety brochure through 15,000 law enforcement departments since 1999. It also promotes continuous reminders of responsible ownership through its “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” campaign. A range of gun safety resources can be found at www.projectchildsafe.org.
USAYESS in partnership with NVYESS, TNYESS and UTYESS, attended the Wild Sheep Convention in Reno, NV, the Western hunting & Conservation Expo / Mule Deer Convention in Salt Lake City, UT and the National Wild Turkey Convention in Nashville, TN.
All three events were a huge success with over 14,000 youth and adults visiting our USAYESS booths at the three locations. We thank our conservation partners for their continued support and inviting USAYESS to their events. Together we are making a difference.
USAYESS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR LETTERMAN PATCH PROGRAM
High School Letter Program Template Click here
ONE SPORT ATHLETES
The better the gpa,the better the scholarship.
A recent chart has been circulating Twitter regarding Urban Meyer’s football recruits at Ohio State. I pulled the picture from @ohiovarsity, but I’ve seen it in many places already. At any rate, here it is:
USAYESS NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES
October 1st, 2015
USAYESS's first National Sweepstakes came to a close at 5:00 pm
USAYESS would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event:
Summit Safe Co.
Pilla Shooting Eyeware
Grand Prize: Paul Syme (left) - Blaser F3 Package
Thank you to BlaserUSA Blaser F3 Super Sport, Briley Manufacturing Briley Ultra-Light Tube Set, Americase Custom Gun Case, Graco Corporation, and Kick-EEZ.
2nd Prize: Howie Kubik - Summit Denali Safe
Thank You Summit Safes
3rd Prize: Roy Sammut - Blaser R8 with upgraded wood, Zeiss Scope, Graco buttplate, and leather sling
4th Prize: Stan Flugel - WA
MEC 9000 - Thank you MEC
5th: Roy Sammut - Americase
6th: Tresha Landers - Pilla Shooting Glasses (3 Lens set)
7th: Neil Moss - Zeiss Binoculars
8th: Debbie Guerra - Zeiss Binoculars
9th: Jason McConkey - Pilla Shooting Glasses (Single Lens)
10th: David Stoddard- Pilla Shooting Glasses (Single Lens)
Congratulations to all the winners and your supprot is greatly appreciated. And Thank you to everyone who participated in the program.
HOW ABOUT USA Shooting Shotgun Athlete MORGAN CRAFT?
WELL, HERE'S A LITTLE HISTORY.
Morgan started shooting international skeet at 14 years old but before that she began shooting rifles in 4H when she was seven years old because her father and paternal grandparents were instructors for 4H. In high school, she began 4H shotgun and joined the Sullivan County High School shotgun sports team. She earned a varsity letter in shooting was introduced to international skeet by Charlie Ziegler and honed her skill later with the late BJ McDaniel.
In addition to shooting, she also enjoys skiing and hunting. Morgan was also a member of her high school's soccer and basketball teams. Graduated in 2015 from Lindenwood University majoring in Exercise Science with a career objective to be a physician's assistant in cardiology.
Credits Lindenwood University Sports Psychology professor Paul Wright as an important ingredient in her string of recent success. "He has one of the best personalities and teaching techniques I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. He's extremely inspiring with all of his stories of brilliant athletic performances, is ALWAYS positive, and can make anyone laugh continuously. He taught me a lot about myself in my sport and every time I leave his office I feel even more inspired to be a better athlete and just a better person in general."
Earned a 2016 Olympic Team nomination in September 2015 through USA Shooting's Olympic Points system as a result of her World Championship golden performance and backed by silver and bronze-medal performances in back-to-back World Cup events in 2015. She didn't finish outside the top-eight internationally once in five events.
Lists two favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
"Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it!"
2016 Olympic Team member
2015 World Champion
2015 World Cup Gabala, Silver Medalist
2015 World Cup Larnaca, Bronze Medalist
2014 USA Shooting National Championships Gold Medalist
2013 USA Shooting National Championships Bronze Medalist
2013 USA Shooting National Championships Junior Champion
2013 Spring Selection Match Bronze Medalist
2012 World Cup Tucson, 4th Place
2011 World Clay Target Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist and Team Gold Medal
2011 Fall Selection, Silver Medalist
2011 National Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist
2010 Fall Selection Junior Silver Medalist
2010 National Championships, Junior Bronze Medalist
NATIONAL USA YOUTH EDUCATION IN SHOOTING SHOOTING SPORTS (USAYESS) ADDS SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH SHOOTING FOUNDATION AS A STATE AFFILIATE
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Mike Borg, President and Executive Director of the USA Youth Educations in Shooting Sports Foundation (USAYESS), has announced that USAYESS has added the South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation (SCYSF) as a USAYESS State Affiliate. SCYSF with 38 teams and over 500 athletes is one of the nation's premier state youth shooting organizations. The SCYSF alliance brings the USAYESS National organization to 30 state affiliates, 289 teams, and close to 3000 athletes. "USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports is both honored and excited to have South Carolina Youth Shooting Sports Foundation as a partner. David Chesnutt and his board have worked extremely hard to implement and develop a top notch statewide youth program in South Carolina. We look forward to a long lasting partnership with David and his team." Said Mike Borg.
By joining USAYESS South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation allows its teams to enjoy all the advantages of belonging to a fast growing national organization. USAYESS affiliates enjoy reduced entry fees to the four USAYESS regional events, and the USAYESS National Championships. In addition, USAYESS offers coach certification and training, team support, endowment funding, and a second to none liability and medical insurance policy. David Chesnutt President of SCYSF said "We are excited to affiliate with USAYESS. This alliance with a National Organization will allow our state program to grow and get even stronger. We chose USAYESS because of its long time commitment to youth shooting and its policy of allowing all youth shooting organizations to participate in USAYESS events. The South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was started to enable youth an opportunity to enjoy the art of clay target shooting. The goal of SCYSF is to allow youth to enjoy the outdoors and to learn safety with firearms, accuracy, and to meet other youth shooters from around the state and now around the nation. The program instills life skills such as respect, ethics, sportsmanship, teamwork, focus, dedication, and commitment to its athletes.USAYESS is a nonprofit educational association which introduces, grows, supports and educates youth and coaches about the shooting sports and wildlife conservation. The mission of USAYESS is to use hand-on events, competitive shooting sports, wildlife and habitat conservation programs to introduce and educate young people about safe firearm handling and outdoor activities that they and their families can share together for a lifetime.For more information, please contact Mike Borg, President and Executive Director, 831.229.4872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL JUNIOR CLAY TARGET CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Team National Champions - Victoria 4-H Shotgun Club, TX
Runner-Up - Spokane Youth Competitve Shooting Team, WA
3rd Place - Team KAT Legacy, TN
INDIVIDUAL LADIES HIGH-ALL-AROUND
Ladies Champion - Melissa Barringer
Ladies Runner-Up - Rachel Barringer
Ladies 3rd Place - Abbigail Denmark
INDIVIDUAL MEN HIGH-ALL-AROUND
Men's Champion - Hayden Webel
Men's Runner-Up - Blayne Scallon
Men's 3rd Place - Jake Hamm
For full list of results click here
National Sweepstakes Early Bird winners held on July 4th
Early Bird Grand Prize: Tresha Landers - TN
2nd place winner:
3rd place winner: John Goering - WA
J&S Wholesale, dealing in shotgun sport supplies since 1965 is offering all USAYESS teams Rio, Estate and Federal Top Gun shotshells for $55.90 per case for a 30 case minimum. To take advantage of generous offer for your team call Toll Free 800-641-8484 or click here
Starting next month USAYESS will have a full page advertisment in a national magazine...ADVENTURE OUTDOORS MAGAZINE, published twice a year, is packed with information that encompasses the lifestyle of the outdoorsman and outdoorswoman. This magazine will take you on the ultimate outdoor adventure.
All magazines published by David-Jacobs Publishing Group, LLC are distributed nationally via newsstands, book stores, retail outlets, grocery stores, airports, online and are available in waiting rooms throughout the U.S.
Our intenet is to reach families that are not directly involved in or are aware of youth organizations that have a youth competitve shooting program vs preaching to the choir. Please let us know what you think of the advertisment. USAYESS is greatful for the support of Adventure Outdoors and DAVID & JACOBS Publishing Group.
USAYESS NATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES
Sweepstake tickets are available only through USAYESS team members, select Summit Safe Dealers (listed below), USAYESS National office or by making a donation though the USAYESS website by selecting any 'Donate Now' tab on this website .
USAYESS teams and Summit Dealers may download flier click here and Model click here
Funds will help support local USAYESS teams, USAYESS state affiliate organizations and the national program.
Please visit the following Summit Safe partners for your new safe and Sweepstas tickets.
Bakersfield, CA: T & T Liberty Safes. Inc. - (661) 393-3782
Boerne, Texas: Lone Star Gun Safes - (830) 981-9003
Enumclaw, Washington: Northwest Safe Co. - (888) 404-7233
Fort Collins, Colorado: Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply - (970) 221-5133
Frederick, Maryland: Thompson Unlimited Inc. - (301) 631-1500
Las Vegas, Nevada: The Safe Keeper - (720) 873-7233
Mendon, Massachuetts: Eastern Security Safe, LLC - (508) 473-1048
Ontario, California: West Coast Libertyy Safes Inc. - (800) 933-3515
Wasilla, Alaska: Neil's Lock and Safe - (907) 373-0961
New Project ChildSafe Video on
Talking to Kids about Safety
Even if kids aren't asking about gun safety, that doesn't mean they don't have questions. Project ChildSafe has teamed up with Julie Golob, a veteran, competitive shooting sports champion, hunter and mom, to discuss the importance of gun safety education. She's joined by a group of kids whose thoughts about firearms will help inform parents about the best way to start a conversation. The result is an exclusive video — the first of its kind — to remind gun owners, shooting sports coaches, and parents alike about the importance of having this conversation with their families and their athletes. Join us in a discussion about what to say, how to say it and the key elements to think about when speaking to your familya and competitive shooting athletes about firearm safety.
April 3, 2015
What is IRS Form 990?
By Justin Williamson
It’s that time of year again… time to start thinking about your organization’s tax return filing. Some may not be aware of this annual requirement, or what even goes into this form. We created an FAQ to give a better understanding of this essential filing requirement:
Why File Form 990?
For starters, nearly every type of 501(c)(3) organization is required to file some version of the Form 990 to the IRS for each fiscal year (churches are the exception). Form 990 gives the IRS an overview of an organization’s activities throughout its last fiscal year. Filing this document also gives donors an understanding of how the organization is being managed and operated.
Which Version of Form 990 Should My Organization File?
There are several versions of the Form 990: 990-N, 990-EZ, 990 long form, 990-PF (for private foundations), and 990-T (for organizations with unrelated business income). Filing Forms 990-N, EZ, and long form depend upon the organization’s gross revenue. Our sales and compliance team can help you determine which Form 990 is appropriate for your organization’s filing.
What Is Included in the Form 990?
Forms 990 require significantly more information than a corporate tax return. The IRS made changes to the form in 2008, so there is now in-depth scrutiny in the areas of compliance, governance, structure, procedures, and the organization’s programs, in addition to detailed financial activity. GuideStar.org provides a database where individuals can see copies of an organization’s Form 990. It’s a great place to review the type of information included.
What Happens if I Don’t File?
If an organization fails to file the appropriate Form 990 for three consecutive fiscal years, the IRS will revoke the organization’s tax-exempt status. The ramifications for losing that status are significant. The organization would then have to re-apply for 501(c) status, which requires a form even more complex than the standard Form 1023 application.
If you haven’t already prepared the IRS Form 990 for your organization’s 2014 fiscal year, now is the time to do so. It is imperative for your organization to file on time. Organizations whose fiscal year ended on December 31st must file a completed return or a six-month extension by May 15th. Please contact our office to discuss your filing for this tax year. If you would prefer, click here to submit an inquiry about our Form 990 services.
April 1, 2015
Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part Two)
By Justin Williamson
In our last article, we discussed legal liability of board members as it relates to corporate law. This post highlights liability in regards to IRS tax-exemption regulations.
The board of directors collectively governs the affairs of a nonprofit organization. As such, the officers and board members have the ultimate responsibility for seeing that the mission is accomplished. That just makes sense. But the board has liability beyond just mission concerns: The IRS also holds the board accountable for operating under the regulations and limitations of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. The board is potentially liable for actions the organization takes that are not within IRS boundaries. This includes fiduciary liability with regard to financial matters.
One of the best examples of liability as it relates to tax-exempt regulations is inurement. Inurement happens when individuals inside an organization receive an unfair benefit by virtue of their position. This typically takes place in the form of excessive compensation or improper use of the nonprofit’s assets (vehicles, facilities, etc.). The IRS can hold board members personally liable if they discover what they believe to be excessive compensation, especially if the organization isn’t operating at arms-length.
So what type of penalties could the board face in these situations? Intermediate Sanctions penalties could be assessed on individual board members. Initially, the IRS could fine each board member up to 25 percent of the benefit received. If the nonprofit doesn’t act quickly to comply with the IRS, it could increase to 200 percent, per board member. You read that correctly: Two hundred percent. The ultimate penalty could be the IRS revoking the organization’s 501(c)(3) status, but most situations are resolved short of that action.
Board members should also be aware of other financial aspects of the organization. Typically organizations run into financial problems (such as fraud or improper bookkeeping) when board members turn a blind eye to who is in charge of the finances. All too often an organization has one person writing the checks, taking money to the bank, and keeping record of donations and other income generated by the nonprofit. This lack of oversight may lead to a number of issues, the least concern being unbalanced books, and the worst being stolen or missing money. This lack of proper checks-and-balances reflects on the board as an abdication of responsibility. It’s not enough for a board member to say they didn’t know. It is their job to know! And while Intermediate Sanctions penalties are rarely assessed for this type of situation, nobody wants the headache and embarrassment of a situation that should have been avoidable. Of course, there are always unknowable variables which result in issues such as embezzlement or over compensation. As long as the board members can show that proper steps were taken to avoid these circumstances, their liability is minimal.
Like with corporate law, having proper due diligence when it comes to IRS regulations will minimize the legal liability of board members. Keep more than one eye on the organization’s finances. Have a financial committee on your board. Perhaps even hire a 3rd party accounting service to keep up with the records. Board members should also have an understanding of IRS regulations and limitations under Section 501(c). Abiding by these regulations, along with filing proper documents (such as the annual Form 990) will help the organization stay in compliance and maintain its IRS tax-exempt status.
March 1, 2015
Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part One)
By Justin Williamson
In real world practice, becoming a board member for a nonprofit organization usually comes with little personal risk, and the probability of a member being legally accountable for actions taken by the nonprofit is relatively low. The fear of being accountable for such actions should rarely be a factor in the decision to invest time and interest in a nonprofit organization.
However rare it may be, there are instances when board members could be legally accountable. There are two levels of accountability that board members and officers are subject to: corporate law and IRS tax-exemption regulations. This article will focus primarily on corporate law. Keep in mind as you read this article: personal accountability of a board member can be easily minimized by operating under proper due diligence.
Incorporating on the state level is highly recommended for all nonprofit entities because it provides a veil of protection to the organization and its members. As an incorporated organization, the nonprofit becomes the first line of defense from a legal perspective. The legal entity exists wholly apart from the people involved with it.
As an incorporated entity, the nonprofit must have Bylaws in place. Bylaws are considered a legal document that dictates how an organization must be governed. Board members need to understand what is written in a nonprofit’s bylaws, and be willing to follow the provisions outlined within the document. Bylaws should include an indemnity clause, which is in place to protect those involved with the organization from expenses and liabilities. The organization can legally provide indemnity against expenses of a lawsuit or litigation if it chooses. The indemnity clause is normally carried out through the purchase of officers/directors insurance. While officers/directors insurance is a prudent investment, it is not legally required.
Even if an organization has all the right pieces in place, there are some specific instances where individuals could be found liable. Here is one example: A local nonprofit has scheduled an event to take place within the community. A snow storm hits the day before the event, and the facility is covered in ice. The board officers decide the event should still take place, but no effort is made to clean the ice from the walkway to the building’s entrance. If someone were to fall on the ice and become injured, a board member or officer could be at fault for not taking the proper measures to either clean the walkway or cancel the event.
Here is another, more extreme example: A children’s program has ensured the public that the organization runs thorough background checks on all its employees. However, the organization hires a registered pedophile without a proper background check, which results in child abuse. The directors could be found liable for not taking the prudent steps which might have prevented this tragedy. While the directors may have legal support under the organization’s indemnity policy, they could still be legally responsible under gross negligence.
In instances like the ones detailed above, the court may allow a plaintiff to pierce the corporate veil that would otherwise protect individuals on the board.
While it is possible that individuals can be legally accountable for actions performed on behalf of a nonprofit, it is outside the norm. Adhering to the corporate Bylaws and following proper due diligence will go a long way toward protecting individuals from legal accountability. Keep in mind that the content of this article discusses legal accountability as it relates to corporate law. In part two of this blog post, we will discuss the IRS tax-exemption regulations.
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February 5, 2015
Importance of nonprofit Board Meeting Minutes
By Justin Williams
We get a lot of questions from our clients about their organizations’ meeting minutes. Our consultants often give advice on questions like “When should we record meeting minutes?” and “Why are meeting minutes so important?” There is great importance in keeping proper meeting minutes because they are the only means the board has to provide proof of the decisions made in the board room.
Minutes are defined as the written record of a meeting which typically describes the events of the meeting, as well as a list of attendees, and a description of the issues being discussed by those present. Organizations should either find or create a formatted template to be used for all meetings. The time, location, and a list of those present should be indicated in the minutes. Guests should be specifically indicated to show who does and does not have voting privileges. The content of the minutes does not have to be a transcript of the discussio
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