Tax-Deductible Keep Food Legal Foundation Launches!

Keep Food Legal is thrilled to announce the formation of Keep Food Legal Foundation, our new charitable sister organization.

Keep Food Legal Foundation will allow for an expansion of Keep Food Legal's existing efforts in the areas of education and research by providing access to important new revenue streams--including public charities, private foundations, and other grantmakers; corporations; and individual donors of all types who, like many of you, seek to make tax-deductible, charitable contributions to causes you support.

"With food crackdowns, bans, taxes, and other restrictions increasing in prevalence, there has never been a more important time than right now to support research and education in the area of food freedom," says Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director Baylen Linnekin. "And with the end of the individual tax year, there has never been a better time to consider contributing to the cause of food freedom."

Interested donors may send a check made out to "Keep Food Legal Foundation" to us at the following address:

Keep Food Legal Foundation
3509 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1009
Washington, DC 20008

Please note that while we'll be updating our website soon, our website is only configured currently to accept donations to Keep Food Legal--which are not tax deductible--and not to Keep Food Legal Foundation.

More Information

Keep Food Legal is a tax-exempt organization under IRS § 501(c)(4), and is incorporated as a nonprofit under Washington, DC law. Donations to § 501(c)(4) groups, including Keep Food Legal, are not tax deductible under IRS § 170(c)(2).

Keep Food Legal Foundation has filed Form 1023 with the I.R.S. seeking tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public charity, and is incorporated as a nonprofit under Washington, DC law. Charitable § 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, to the fullest extent of the law, in accordance with IRS § 170.

"While an organization’s Form 1023 is waiting for approval from the IRS, the organization may operate as a tax-exempt organization," says the I.R.S. "Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until the application is approved, contributions made while an application is pending would qualify if the application is approved."

Note: The purpose of this information is to provide general information only about Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation. Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation do not provide legal or tax advice. We urge you to check with your tax and legal advisors when planning your charitable giftmaking.

Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation Announce New Pro Bono Program

Today Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation are excited to announce the official launch of our new Pro Bono Program. With the launch of this program, we are currently seeking law firms, licensed attorneys, and student attorneys (law students) to take part in a variety of groundbreaking legal actions in support of food freedom.

"With the launch of our pro bono legal program, Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation are taking the next step in our evolution," says Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director Baylen Linnekin. "By adding the opportunity to litigate for food freedom to our current focus areas of research, education, outreach, publishing, and--in the case of Keep Food Legal, advocacy--we expect to be able to more effect more direct and lasting changes."

 

Keep Food Legal and/or Keep Food Legal Foundation seek to partner with law firms and attorneys licensed to practice in at least one U.S. state on a variety of food-related legal matters. Specifically, we are currently seeking to partner with firms and licensed attorneys that wish to provide pro bono legal services--especially writing and filing amicus briefs--and with experienced attorneys interested in litigating in support of food freedom.

Keep Food Legal Foundation is also seeking one or more law students to serve as a student attorney on a per-semester basis. Students currently pursuing a J.D. or LL.M. at an accredited U.S. law school are welcome to apply. This position is unpaid, though students may be eligible to earn law-school credit.

Learn more about our new Pro Bono Program here.

BREAKING: Keep Food Legal Foundation Earns Tax-Deductible 501(c)(3) Status from IRS!

Keep Food Legal Foundation logoWe are thrilled to announce that Keep Food Legal Foundation has secured tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status from the federal government. We received notice of our status as a public charity recently in a determination letter provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

As many of you know, we launched Keep Food Legal Foundation in 2012 in order to expand Keep Food Legal's existing efforts in the areas of education, outreach, and research and publications. Since filing our application for tax-exempt status with the IRS in 2012, we waited anxiously for word of our application. After we responded earlier this year to an IRS request to provide additional information, we continued to wait until we received the agency's determination letter this summer.

What does Keep Food Legal Foundation's new tax-exempt status mean for our future? We anticipate it will allow for an expansion of our existing efforts in the areas of education and research by providing access to important new revenue streams. Fellow public charities, private foundations, other grantmakers, corporations, and individual donors of all types who, like many of you, seek to make tax-deductible, charitable contributions to causes you support will all be eligible to make tax-deductible donations to Keep Food Legal Foundation.

Your support has already been evident. Since its formation in 2012, Keep Food Legal Foundation has already raised tens of thousands of dollars, far outpacing the money Keep Food Legal has raised during its existence. And we're pleased to inform you that our new 501(c)(3) status means all of the funds you donated to Keep Food Legal Foundation since June 13, 2012--along, of course, with all of your donations from this point onward--are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Many of you likely noticed our fantastic new Keep Food Legal Foundation logo, which sits at right. It's just one of many changes you'll begin to see around these parts. In the coming months, we'll have more to share about our upcoming projects, including a redesign of our website, an anticipated Kickstarter campaign to support our Opt Out of School Lunch project, two research reports, an update on our FOIA lawsuit against New York City (which has provided us with thousands of pages of documents to review), new promotional materials, and many other details about our planned future efforts. If you would like to support our work in these areas, you may do so either at our donation page or by sending a check to us at the mailing address at the bottom of this page.

In the meantime, we want to thank you again for your past, present, and future support of our work. Without you, Keep Food Legal Foundation would never have become a reality. 

Generous Keep Food Legal Foundation Donor Agrees to Match Donations $2 for Every $1 Through End of 2013!

Matching Donation

Greetings and Happy Holidays from Keep Food Legal Foundation!

Love food freedom? Thinking about donating to a nonprofit before the end of the year? Then we've got the perfect offer for you!

We're thrilled to let you know that an anonymous donor has agreed to donate $2 to Keep Food Legal Foundation for every $1 you donate to Keep Food Legal Foundation through the end of 2013--up to a maximum total commitment by the anonymous donor of $10,000!

Don't delay. Please donate to Keep Food Legal Foundation today!

This donor's generosity could help us raise up to $15,000! That would help solidify Keep Food Legal Foundation's mission of food freedom education, research, writing, and outreach in the New Year!

But we can only raise the full amount we're seeking--$15,000--if supporters like you donate today!

How does it work? If you donate $100 to Keep Food Legal Foundation today, the anonymous donor will donate $200. Donate $1,000? They'll donate $2,000! They'll keep matching donations, $2 to $1, until they've donated $10,000. But this donor's generous offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2013! So please donate to Keep Food Legal Foundation today!

Please visit our secure donation page to learn more and donate by credit card or PayPal right now!

Thank you very much for your generosity and your faith in the mission of Keep Food Legal Foundation!

More Information

Keep Food Legal Foundation, incorporated in Washington, DC, filed Form 1023 paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) seeking tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public charity in November 2012. Donations to 501(c)(3) groups are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law under I.R.S. § 170.

Why hasn't the I.R.S. yet ruled on our application for tax-exempt status? According to the I.R.S website, the agency won't begin reviewing applications for tax-exempt status filed in November 2012 for another six months (May 2014).

What does that mean for you and your donation to Keep Food Legal Foundation?

"While an organization’s Form 1023 is waiting for approval from the IRS, the organization may operate as a tax-exempt organization," says the I.R.S. "Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until the application is approved, contributions made while an application is pending would qualify if the application is approved."

Disclaimer: The purpose of this communication is to provide general information about Keep Food Legal Foundation. Keep Food Legal Foundation does not provide legal or tax advice. (Neither do we tell you what to eat!) We urge you to check with your tax and legal advisors when planning your charitable giftmaking.