The NHC got notice from the Internal Revenue Service that it is an approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization effective to December 13, 2013. At the most basic level, that means that any donations that have ever been made to the club are tax deductible. At a higher level, the 501(c)(3) is an indication to donors and potential donors that the NHC is "for real." This is because the paperwork and requirements to be a 501(c)(3) are burdensome and fairly difficult to meet. Donors and potential donors use the 501(c)(3) status to help narrow the field of charitable organizations which they will make donations to. For example, we are currently working on a request to Amgen, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies. They have a segment called "non-health care" donations but they require a 501(c)(3) to even apply. Several of our goals are to minimize the cost of membership as well as raising funds for youth equipment and programs. Your management team will continue to seek corporate sponsorships and donations in order to make belonging to this club and playing this sport affordable for our members and their families. We are very proud to have attained the 501(c)(3) status, but now we need to put it to work for the benefit of the club!
The Naperville Hurling Club will have a booth at the 1st Annual Aurora Irish Festival on August 3rd downtown Aurora. The purpose of this effort is to a) increase awareness of the sport and our club, b) support the West Suburban Irish organization, which has been leading this effort, c) raise a few dollars for the club through social sponsorships and club merchandise sales, and d) more broadly increase awareness of Irish culture. We really have no idea how this event will go at the macro or micro level. The event is occurring the same weekend as Lalapalooza downtown, so many young people may be otherwise disposed. We had hoped to purchase a batting cage prior to the event, but funding is simply not available for that at this time. However, the West Suburban Irish organization has been supportive of us and Ballydoyle is also heavily involved in the festival. Bottom line it is important to support the organizations that support us! Thanks to T.J. Kelly and his family for manning the booth during the festival!