WELCOME TO THE ILLINOIS RECYCLING FOUNDATION
At September’s Annual Meeting, the Illinois Recycling Association announced the formation of its purely educational arm, the Illinois Recycling Foundation. The creation of the Foundation has been decades in the making.
Nearly 40 years ago, the Illinois Recycling Association was created as a 501(c)6 entity under the tax codes which gave it leeway as a not-for-profit organization to participate in lobbying activities. However, over the years, the Association spent most of its energy on recycling education and fostering dialog between non-profit, private and government organizations in the State of Illinois.
Drawbacks to the 501(c)6 status was that it was difficult to secure grants as a lobbying entity and members did not receive charitable contribution status for fees paid. Years ago, the Association explored becoming a 501(c)3 educational charity but felt the limits on legislative action would hinder the members’ needs. At the 2014 annual conference, members approved a plan to have a dual set of organizations. Finally, after resolving some administrative matters, we are proud to announce the birth of the Illinois Recycling Foundation!
Going forward, the Illinois Recycling Foundation will be the primary organization providing educational literature, events, tours, networking, webinars and similar content. Membership fees will be tax deductible. Please look for your next annual renewal notice to be from the Foundation.
The Illinois Recycling Association will continue to exist, but will focus its efforts on legislative activities. Please look for an email from the Association updating its by-laws.
Both the Association and the Foundation are seeking new Board members, so please let us know if you have an interest in joining our new team. We also welcome you to join our committees and be part of this exciting endeavor. We look forward to providing a higher level of service to all our members.
Participation and membership matter.
Marta Keane, President of IRF
Ron Tazelaar, President of IRA