We do this because we love it and feel strongly about its importance; most of the time we are doing it on our own time and resources without compensation. All donations made to the band are tax deductible and go to purchase and maintain instruments and uniforms, maintain our website and marketing, and for musical instruction.
El Paso Firefighters Pipes and Drums is a 501(c)(3) organization and operates in compliance with all the rules and regulations of 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Under 508(c)(1) of that code, a charitable organization that is not a private foundation and that has annual gross receipts normally $5,000 or less is not required to file Form 1023 in order to be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Because we are self-declared under this section we are not able to provide an affirmation letter to donors. We are continually monitoring this status, and report to the IRS annually all donations received.