The decision to support a non-profit organization is a personal one. Only you can decide which organizations are worthy of your support, whether you choose to give of your time, financially, or otherwise. Unfortunately we live in a world where not everyone can be trusted and where the generosity of others is sometimes taken advantage of.
Those of us at Encouragemint want you to feel comfortable with our organization. The whole reason that Encouragemint exists is to help, support, serve, and yes encourage others. To that end, we welcome your questions, concerns, and ideas for improvement.
You're also encouraged to let us know what we're doing right so that we know what you'd like to see us continue doing. Granted we won't be able to accept or act upon every idea that comes our way and will often have to make what can be difficult decisions. Nevertheless we value your feedback.
All public charities in the United States are required by the Internal Revenue Service to make certain documents available to the public including their tax-exemption application and supporting documents, the exemption ruling letter provided by the IRS, and its annual information returns (Form 990 series). These documents and others are all made freely available for download and public inspection below.
Tax Exempt Status
Encouragemint's formal name is Encouragemint, Inc. We are a corporation established in New Jersey with non-profit goals and organized as a charitable organization under Title 15A of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.
All organizations in the United States seeking tax-exemption (non-profit status), which like us are mostly corporations, must apply through the Internal Revenue Service by filing IRS Form 1023: Application for Recognition of Exemption Under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You may click the links below to view our application. Because it is a large document, it has been broken down into two parts for easier downloading.
Encouragemint prepared and submitted our exemption application (Form 1023) in September of 2013. In October 2013 we received confirmation that our application had been received. That confirmation letter may be viewed here.
Then in September of 2014 we received a determination letter indicating that Encouragemint, Inc. had been approved for federal income tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or IRC. One of the benefits of this is that contributions made to us are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRC and that we are qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under sections 2055, 2106, and 2522.
We have also been classified as a public charity and not a private foundation. A copy of the federal tax exemption determination letter is available here. After obtaining Federal tax-exemption status, Encouragemint was also able to obtain state tax-exemption. Click here to view a copy of the state issued tax-exemption letter.
Confirmation of Tax Exempt Status from the IRS
The IRS provides what they calll an Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool which allows anyone to confirm the tax-exempt (nonprofit) status of any US based organization. Once on the IRS website, scroll down and click the button that says "Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool".
That will bring you to a page that allows you to search for organizations "that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions". To proceed, check the first radio button and then enter the name of the organization you would like to search for.
If the organization then comes up in the search results it means that (1) they're recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit organization and (2) donations you may make to the organization are tax deductible on your own personal income tax return. Some restrictions will apply and your accountant or tax preparer should be able to explain this to you in more detail as it pertains to your own unique situation.
Please keep in mind that not all nonprofits are the same. While 501(c)(3) public charities such as Encouragemint may be the most recognized, there are other types. For instance instead of being a public charity some organizations are private foundations. Others obtain tax-exempt status not through section 501(c)(3), but through another section of the Internal Revenue Code such as 501(c)(7), 501(d), or 521(a). The IRS exempt organizations select check tool can be used to search for any tax-exempt (nonprofit) organization recognized by the IRS.
View Our Tax Returns
The IRS requires that tax-exempt organizations (nonprofits) file what they call "annual information returns". The specific form that should be filed will depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding the organization filing the return. These different returns are known collectively as the Form-990 series.
The IRS also requires that tax-exempt organizations make their annual tax returns publicly available. Please click on the links below to view Encouragemint's past Form 990 filings.
View Our Annual Reports
The State of New Jersey requires that all NJ-based corporations file an annual report. The state requires that this document be completed electronically. As such we are not provided with a paper copy or electronic version of the completed report that we are able to post on this page.
This report can however be obtained for a small printing fee from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services by clicking here. Please be aware that these annual reports contain limited and primarily demographic information such as the address of the business and registered agent as well as the names of the officers or directors, and not specific information about our programs and services, or any detailed financial information.
The above forms are in PDF format and require free software, such as Adobe Reader, to view them. Click the link and follow the instructions if you do not already have this or another similar program installed on your computer or other device.