Council FIRE is pleased to announce that the long process of dealing with the IRS is finally over, and we have been declared a tax exempt organization, under IRS section 501(c)(3). We have further been designated a public charity under section 509(a)(2).
As a result of the IRS rulings, all donations, endowments, bequests or gifts to Council FIRE are tax deductible. This is a great step toward our walk toward justice for first nations people. Those who share our vision can now receive a benefit from their taxes, as well as the benefit of knowing they are making a difference.
A lot of hard work and the lifting of many prayers went into finally getting this done. It would not have been possible without the great efforts, guidance and passion of David Campbell, Danielle Franco-Malone and Jennifer Robbins of Schwerin Campbell Barnard Igitzlin & Lavitt, LLP – also known as the worker law firm. Their expertise and passion for our mission was exemplary.
The reception from native communities, both urban and reservation, has been heartwarming – and the support of the greater public will allow us to do good work in a larger arena. The spirits are blessing us as they continue to open doors and clear out path.
Thank you to all who have already stood with us in our mission, and we invite all who have the right heart to consider joining as well.