Non-Profit Organizations

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

  • Click on Non-Profit Application to view the pdf and download.

                                                                      Non-Profit Application