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I am in the process of writing a press release announcing the

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I am in the process of writing a press release announcing the formation of a new organization. We have recently merged with another existing organization (both in the realm of exotic bird rescue and rehoming) and we're currently mired in the application process for 501(c)(3) status.

In reviewing the draft, I was told that we are not allowed to mention the 501(c)(3) application in the press release. I find this a little odd. Is there any reason why we can't mention that we are seeking charitable certification? This is a very important part of why the new organization was created in the first place and I don't understand why it would be a secret. Were we to say we were a 501(c)(3) when we're not, I'd understand the problem, but in this case, we're just disclosing that at some point we'll be able to accept donations and that they'll be tax deductible.

Just looking for a learned answer to this question before I go any further with this draft press release.


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There is no legal prohibition under IRS regulations or federal law that would prevent you from disclosing the fact that you have submitted an application for charitable status and hope to have a provisional answer soon.

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It should be phrased as "we hope we will be able to..." in order to avoid any indication that charitable status is not in doubt.

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