User talk:GreenReaper/Press releases/'Furry' fan conventions attract record numbers

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Conventions like to help out their fellow charities

Conventions aren't charities. 733 18:55, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

Some conventions are in fact 501(c)3 charities under federal tax law. MidWest Furfest comes to mind.
However, there are other conventions (such as Anthrocon) that are incorporated as 501(c)7 not for profit organizations, which are "membership organizations".
Perhaps the wording on the press release should be changed to reflect that not all conventions are charities in the strictest sense of the word. --Douglas Muth 19:03, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
That, or just say that money is raised for charities at conventions. No sense in entering a confusing maze of what is and isn't a charity. 733 19:12, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Some of them are, to the level that US tax law defines a charity. Specifically, the implication is that the controlling organizations of the conventions that are mentioned in that paragraph are both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations (Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. and the Mid-South and Tennessee Anthropomorphic Arts Association). I should inquire about the latter, as I'm not 100% sure on it (I was it added as an example after I mentioned "charities").
Whether or not that counts as a charity in the general meaning of the word is debatable, I guess, and the wording can certainly be changed. To my knowledge, all furry conventions are run as non-profits (if they are run by incorporated groups at all), so perhaps that would be a good substitution. GreenReaper(talk) 19:36, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Actually, as a bit of trivia, it is my understanding that the now defunct Furry Spring Break was a for-profit organization. --Douglas Muth 19:44, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Interesting. Apparently they made a profit that year (though of course all successful conventions tend to do so, or they go out of business eventually). GreenReaper(talk) 19:55, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
And this post suggests that FSB was never incorporated, which was one part of why it didn't happen again (the whole story appears complex, and isn't really something for here). GreenReaper(talk) 20:07, 8 December 2006 (UTC)