Another IRS requirement for TU chapters and councils is to be sure that you have the necessary language in your donor letters. According to the IRS, this includes:
- Written acknowledgment required to substantiate a charitable contribution of $250 or more
- Name of the organization (i.e. your chapter or council)
- Amount of cash contribution
- Description (but not value) of non-cash contribution
- Statement that no goods or services were provided by the organization, if that is the case
- Description and good faith estimate of the value of goods or services, if any, that organization provided in return for the contribution
Sample Donor Letter
I am writing to thank you for your gift of $AMT, received DATE, to TU. Your generous gift will help us continue our efforts to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. We could not accomplish our goal without your support and that of TU’s other members and contributors.
Thank you again, if I can ever be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, Letter Writer
Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, enacted in August of 1993, requires you to keep written substantiation of gifts of $250 or greater in order to claim a deduction for your contribution. This letter hereby serves as a receipt for the above gift. No goods or services have been provided in exchange for your gift.