Friends of Fort Ward and community hall campaign now 501(c)3 tax exempt

Friends of Fort Ward and the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign have been granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity status by the Internal Revenue Service.

This milestone achievement means that monetary contributions to the Fort Ward Community Hall project are now tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Donations of services and materials are also deductible. 501C3

The tax exemption is retroactive to July 21, 2015, the date of incorporation of Friends of Fort Ward as a nonprofit organization with the State of Washington.

If you made a financial contribution (not in exchange for goods) from that date through the end of last year, and have not yet completed your 2015 tax preparation, Friends of Fort Ward can provide you with a letter of donor acknowledgement for tax purposes.

Those who made early pledges to the campaign and have been waiting to make their contribution can now do so.

Letters are going out this week to early supporters, calling in your pledge – please watch the mail and complete your contribution when it is convenient.

Contributions will be gratefully accepted from current and new donors as we meet the next round of challenges in restoring the fort’s historic bakery building for community use. Pledge forms can be downloaded here.

The Friends of Fort Ward organization is very pleased to announce the 501(c)3 milestone, and to move the Fort Ward Community Hall project into its next phase of fundraising, city permit review, and eventually building renovation.

The FFW board of directors gives special thanks to Kol Medina, Nonprofit Law Office, and Felicia Hord, Kaizen Bookkeeping, for their expertise in guiding our organization through the IRS review process to earn tax exempt status.