DSA is a 501(c)(3) Charity

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Dog Scouts of America was organized to promote, enhance and give recognition to the importance of the human/animal bond (people and dogs) through a variety of activities and publications.  As a Section 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, our activities include the advancement of education, preventing cruelty to animals, lessening the burdens of government and lessening neighborhood tensions through promoting humane training methods and responsible dog ownership.  As such, your monetary contributions to Dog Scouts of America through membership fees and donations are tax-deductible.

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. If the organization engages in an excess benefit transaction with a person having substantial influence over the organization, an excise tax may be imposed on the person and any organization managers agreeing to the transaction.

Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct.


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