Are Clubs in the US able to use FFI’s 501c3 tax status for tax exemption?
Friendship Force International, Inc. (FFI) is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the state of Georgia. FFI has also been recognized by the IRS as an educational exchange organization that qualifies for tax exemption under IRS section 501(c)(3). In addition to exempting FFI from paying taxes, this also entitles those who make donations to FFI to deduct the amount of the donation from their taxes. However, since Friendship Force clubs are independent organizations they are NOT covered by the FFI tax status. Clubs are not permitted to use FFI’s tax status to offer tax deductions for donations made to their clubs for club purposes, and they are not permitted to use FFI’s tax identification number (EIN) to claim tax exemptions for their club.