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The volunteer work we do is possible because of individual donations by James River Hikers and fund raisers such as selling James River Hiker merchandise t-shirts etc. We also won $400 in the 2015 cookie contest.
James River Hikers is now an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. That allows you to claim donations to James River Hikers as a tax deduction.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF JAMES RIVER HIKERS: HIKING WITH HISTORY
The undersigned, desiring to form a nonstock corporation under the provisions of Chapter 10 of Title 13.1 of the Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended, hereby sets forth the following:
A. Corporate Name. The name of the corporation is James River Hikers: Hiking with History (the "Corporation").
B. Purposes and Powers. The Corporation is formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including the following:
1. To provide guided hikes and historical insight along the James River.
2. To accept, acquire, and receive, for any of its objects and purposes, any property of whatever kind, nature, or description and wherever situated, and subject to the restrictions and limitations hereinafter set forth, to hold, use, and apply the whole or any part of the income therefrom and the principal thereof, either directly or by contributions to organizations that are described in Sections 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor provision of law (the “Code”), exclusively for the purposes set forth in Section 170(c)(2)(B) of the Code.
Donations via check (cash also works) can made to James River Hikers and sent to:
James River Hikers, 413 Stuart Circle PL-F, Richmond, VA 23220
All of your donation goes directly to purchase materials.
Record Yes to this Meetup only after you have completed the process of making a donation and if want others to be aware you donated. Alternatively, your donation can remain anonymous if you prefer by not including your name in the "RSVP" listing.
This completes the description of the process of making donations.
Below the dotted line you'll find the story and rationale of how we decided to get involved with money.
******************************************************************** ..James River Hikers began as a “money-free zone” meaning that we did not (and still don't) charge for our events, and we did not normally engage in fund-raising.
That has changed as we are now involved in donations and fund raisers. Here’s why.
Our early years involvement with the City of Richmond’s James River Park System volunteering to paint, stain, repair and build trail bridges, paint over graffiti and restore historical sites cost money that the city does not have and does not budget for.
Like it or not, the reality is that the James River Park as it exists today with its trails and supporting structures was put together primarily by volunteers and philanthropists.
The money for the materials for the work we have done came from personal donations and fund raisers.
The first thing to understand is there is no requirement that you give any of your money for anything.
The next thing to understand is that if our own membership does not contribute money, then we will not be able to participate in any volunteer activities that require funds for materials.
I assure all the money will be used for the intended purpose frugally, judiciously and professionally.
No donation is too small, and all donations will be received with much gratitude.
Many of you James River Hikers have personally labored on the trails contributing to our substantial achievements in giving back to the community. Many more of you would have if your schedules had permitted.
This initiative is an opportunity, regardless of your schedule, to make a difference.
One final thought. Up until now, the only money related issues encouraged were membership in “Friends of James River Park” and also purchase of a James River Park System license plate through DVM. These were featured by highlighting this Meetup titled, “Support James River Park.”
Both of these continue to be worthy contributions. The difference however is that funds they garner go to a general fund from which many can draw, but the “James River Hiker” fund is exclusively for our activities.
The “Support James River Park” Meetup, while no longer highlighted, will continue to be posted and located chronologically at the end of the calendar year.
I welcome your questions and comments and request you direct them to me personally at [masked] or[masked]