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.
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.
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.