To be considered for an award, an organization must meet the following criteria and submit a Non-Profit Application (see below) along with a certificate verifying its non-profit status:
The non-profit is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization.
Project is located in, and serves, Chico, California.
It is not a religious or political organization.
Organization has been in operation for at least three years and is in current status.
It must be willing to send a representative to two meetings (once for proposal and once to follow up if selected).
It must agree not to create, sell, or distribute a list with our members' contact information and agree not to solicit our members directly for further contributions.
An organization not selected at one meeting will remain in the draw for subsequent meetings.
A successful organization that receives funds is not eligible for consideration for three years afterwards.
Voting will take place by secret ballot and simple majority wins.
Ties will be decided by further votes. If a tie persists, the membership will randomly select one of the tied organizations by draw.
The recipient of funds from the prior meeting will give a five minute update on how the funds donated at the previous meeting were used by the organization. This occurs while we are counting votes.
The organization agrees to provide individual thank you/tax receipts directly to contributing members.
To be considered, an organization must complete and submit a Non-Profit Application and provide proof of its 501(c)3 designation. Submit both documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on Non-Profit Application to view the pdf and download.