Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Save the Air in Nevada County?

Can someone clue me in, as to what's up with this organization?

Its home page has a "Donate" button & says "Please Help our Education and Research Efforts – Tax Deductible 501 (c)(3)"

So I went looking for its IRS Form 990s on Guidestar, but couldn't find the org. there; checked the IRS "search for charities", couldn't find it there; checked a listing of Nevada County nonprofits, couldn't find it there.

At the time of posting , phone calls to their "Media Relations" people had not yet been returned, and nor had the previous day's inquiry to a founder; but see comments for update.

I'm sure the answer is simple and aboveboard, but I'd like to know what it is.


Anonymous said...

Searching by the snail mail address gives this:

"Green Research / Save the Air in Nevada County
PO Box 441
Grass Valley, CA 95945"

You may have better luck searching for the name "Green Research" in the lists of 501c3's...

-- frank

Anna Haynes said...

Thank you Frank.

Yes, Green Research is listed as a 501c3; though it has no 990s on Guidestar.

I did get an email from an STAinNC founder? board member? both? (I don't see any organizational info on the website) saying:

"STA in NC has a fiscal agent. It was funded mostly from several small fundraisers in contributions of $25 to $50 and received a grant from the Air District 3 years ago."

A fiscal agent like the Tides Foundation, I guess; to avoid having to deal with organizational overhead, including IRS filings.

I've asked who.

Anna Haynes said...

(I emailed & left a phone msg; no response yet)

Anna Haynes said...

Update: Another STA in NC member tells me that STA in NC's fiscal agent is Green Research Inc (in category C11 - "single organization support"); as noted above, it has no filings on Guidestar.

So I guess we know about as much/little about STA in NC as we do about the (CABPRO-tied) Sierra Environmental Studies Foundation.

Anna Haynes said...

(actually less, since SESF's board members are disclosed)

Anna Haynes said...

minor correction, GRI's "deductibility code" (link) is 4 ("A private foundation, generally with a 30% deductibility limitation."), which I think makes it a 501(c)(4), not 501c3 as I'd said above.