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    Default Motorola training and education grant.

    https://communities.motorola.com/blo...-grant-program

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    Deadline July 27... good luck getting this one done before deadline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktb9780 View Post
    Deadline July 27... good luck getting this one done before deadline.
    The deadline has been extended to August 7th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onebugle View Post
    The deadline has been extended to August 7th.

    Where did you see that Andy? I can't find it on their website
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktb9780 View Post
    Where did you see that Andy? I can't find it on their website
    It's stated as part of the log in process from the above link.

    http://www.cybergrants.com/motorolas...icsafetygrants

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    When you go to the application, the login/sign-up page shows the deadline extension.

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    AaHa! You would think they would have put that on their main page. I nailed a good one on this last year.
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    I see that the grant requires 501 (c) 3 status thereby excluding government organizations. Governments organizations i.e., fire departments do not fall into 501 (c) 3 status. These organizations are exempt from the Federal tax standpoint, but not under 501 (c) 3.

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    Expertshot I have many Volunteer FDs, Rescue, EMS organizations, Reserve police agencies and Aux Sheriff's Dept organizations which have filed for and hold 501c3 status.
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    Normally FDs aren't filed as such since most fall under a c4 designation but only takes a few minutes for some online entry (if it's working) and $250 to convert. Had similar issues with Wal-Mart's foundation before on the same issue where they stopped giving to some VFDs because they were c4 not c3. everything 501c is non-profit status but the traditional charities are under c3 which is how it all started. Schools and hospitals have their own c-numbers, so do churches so not all of them fall under c3 if their filer was actually following the directions. IRS doesn't care one way or the other unless the non-profit is giving grants itself, otherwise it's all non-profit to them. If grantmakers are pitching a fit then probably easier to just file the c3 paperwork than try to educate the grantmaking body that c4 is non-profit also. Some of these accountants and lawyers don't understand and more importantly don't care so easier to change and be able to apply than fight them and get a bad rap....

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    Apparently, our lawyer said it is illegal for us to use our 501 (c) 3 firefighters association to go after grants for the fire department. I did not personally speak to him, but if you do not have a 501 (c) 3 number the computer system actually will not let you apply. Interestingly, I was locked out on Walgreens application for the same reason, but I have never had a problem with Wal-Mart.

    I believe a 501 (c) 3 requires that the organization donate x amount of money to under certain purposes. In fact, the lawyer had a lot to say about that too. I've heard from various companies grant representatives that the IRS is getting hot in the pants about government entities abusing the 501 (c) 3. I know they can take the status away from an organization, but never have heard of that happening. Concerns should probably be directed to a tax lawyer.

    I think an easy solution would be for companies specifically targeting public safety entities to say must be a public safety department or a 501 (c) 3. In our case, our association is totally separate from the fire department so if they would not allow us to apply as a department then we could not apply at all. That brings me to, if a company is only going to accept 501 (c) 3s that wipes out a significant amount of departments that could have applied i.e., a fairness issue.

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    Its at least 400 now, 850 if over 10k in gross receipts.

    And online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by expertshot View Post
    That brings me to, if a company is only going to accept 501 (c) 3s that wipes out a significant amount of departments that could have applied i.e., a fairness issue.
    I believe you are trying to point a finger at the wrong party here expertshot. Its not the company's fault that they are required to give their money away to designated 501c3 entities; it is the IRS rules that are to blame. The IRS dictates who they can give their money to and still get the tax credit.

    I am quite sure that these companies have tremendous heartfelt and sincere intent to assist our agencies, promote good will and support our communities by offering up these programs to us and I for one am extremely grateful for the programs that they have offered in the past and will hopefully continue to offer to many of us. However, let's be honest and realistic here; the primary reason that any company has a charitable giving program is for the tax advantages it affords them.

    In this case it is certainly not an issue of fairness on the part of the company, they are only following the rules that are imposed upon them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktb9780 View Post
    I am quite sure that these companies have tremendous heartfelt and sincere intent to assist our agencies, promote good will and support our communities by offering up these programs to us and I for one am extremely grateful for the programs that they have offered in the past and will hopefully continue to offer to many of us. However, let's be honest and realistic here; the primary reason that any company has a charitable giving program is for the tax advantages it affords them.

    In this case it is certainly not an issue of fairness on the part of the company, they are only following the rules that are imposed upon them.
    I didn't know private businesses were required to give away money to anyone let alone 501 (c) 3s?

    I consulted an expert tax lawyer on advantages for companies to give money away to public safety organizations. The lawyer told me that a company giving $5,000 away would get a $5,000 tax credit so it is a win-win situation.

    You are right, companies do it for financial reasons. What I disagree with you about is if the intent of a company is to help public safety organizations, mostly government entities, then do not exclude them from applying by requiring a 501 (c) 3 status because that effectively kills a significant amount of entities. The target here is clearly public safety entities so they should not restrict it to only departments that have a 501 (c) 3 status, especially if there is a legal issue with government entities using that for grant purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by expertshot View Post
    I consulted an expert tax lawyer on advantages for companies to give money away to public safety organizations. The lawyer told me that a company giving $5,000 away would get a $5,000 tax credit so it is a win-win situation.

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    Not a tax credit. A 1 for 1 tax credit would result in no company paying any taxes. The deduction is done BEFORE tax rates are considered.

    Very major difference. 5k donated does NOT mean 5k off taxes, but 5k off income.

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    I never said a private company had to give money away, what I said was those that have a charitable giving program. Please don't think I am being argumentative here, that is not my intent.

    Your lawyers statement very well may be true and I am certainly not a lawyer but, it raises a logical question here. I am curious as to why a company the size of Motorola, who obviously has made a considerable share of their business fortune by supplying communications equipment to Public Safety Agencies, would offer this program yet still insist that you must be a 501c3 if it were not for some IRS tax related regulation? I mean I am sure Motorola probably has a entire law firm in Chicago under retainer to provide tax advice to them and I cannot see any logical reason they would exclude the very people who are their largest customers unless there was some regulatory reason for them doing so.

    I don't know, like I said I am not a tax attorney, I just know that in my experience with other corporate funding sources they have always told me that in most cases the grant recipient had to be a 501c3 organization or it afforded them no tax advantage.
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    KTB, I am thinking they may have unintentionally made a mistake. It has been my experience that the only time a company will modify their grant period is if they made a mistake or if they have low numbers of applications. Maybe they don't know this could be excluding the very people they are trying to help? I would suggest those with an interest in the grant contact them directly, it sounds like a great grant program. The whole 501 (c) 3 deal just seems fishy to me which is why I brought it up.

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    The 501c3 eligibility is the same as last year; I developed an application for a client and was awarded it last year
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    The client was a government entity?

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    No a501c3 nonprofit organization who benefited the employees of the government agency
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