Presented by: Matt Noell - Director of Temple Accounting Deb Domini - Temple Auditor 1
The name of our central organization is “Shriners International ”. This was voted on and passed at the 2010 Imperial Session. Your temple should no longer be using A.A.O.N.M.S. anywhere. This includes IRS Form 990, Tax Deposits with the Federal Government, State Tax Deposits, Bank Accounts, or Websites. If your temple needs assistance with any documentation to make this change, please contact our office.
Section 1, Budget and Comparison Reports – Operating Budget Section 2, Accounting Policies & Procedures Section 3, IRS Reporting Section 5, Fundraising Section 6, Special Purpose Funds / Hospital Patient Transportation Fund 4/13/2020 3
Shriners International Chart of Accounts.
Shriners International Bylaws Section 334.6.
Sample financial statements, schedules and footnotes (auditor’s report).
Financial reports checklist.
Report of Shrine Clubs and Temple Units.
Definition of Units: Units are considered part of the working corps of the temple and typically reside on temple property. Units use the T emple’s Tax ID Number and should never have their own Tax ID Number. Unit bank accounts should be set up under the temple’s name with the Treasurer of the temple as one of the authorized signers on the account. Example of naming convention: Shriners International, XYZ Shriners, Oriental Band.
Definition of Clubs: Clubs are typically several miles from the temple. Clubs have their own Tax ID Number that are obtained via an IRS SS-4 form. They should never use the Temple’s Tax ID Number.
Club bank accounts should be set up under the club’s name and Tax ID Number. Example of naming convention: Shriners International, XYZ Shrine Club, c/o XYZ Shriners.
Units and Clubs Automatic Revocations Group Exemption 0229 501(c)(2) Holding Corporations 4/13/2020 8
Unit Form 990 Reporting: Because units are part of the working corps of the temple, units are included on the Temple’s Annual IRS Form 990. The financial information of every unit must be included regardless of the gross revenues or assets of the unit.
All units are required to complete the Report of Shrine Clubs and Temple Units Form per Shriners International Bylaw Section 336.3. It is this report that your external auditor will use to complete the temple’s Form 990 return. If a unit refuses to supply this information, they are in violation of the bylaws.
Units are under the control of the potentate of the temple per Section 336.1 of the bylaws.
Club Form 990 Reporting: All clubs are reported on the Temple’s Annual IRS Form 990 Group Return. Any club whose gross revenue is greater than or equal to $50,000, must have their financial information included on the Group Return. Clubs should never generate their own Form 990 returns. A listing of all clubs, whether their financial information is included in the return or not, must be attached to the Group Return. Failure to include this complete listing for three consecutive years may result in automatic revocation of the club’s tax exempt status.
All clubs are required to complete the Report of Shrine Clubs and Temple Units Form per Section 336.3 of the bylaws. It is this report that your external auditor will use to complete the temple’s group Form 990 return. If a club refuses to supply this information, they are in violation of the bylaws.
Clubs are under the control of the potentate of the authorizing temple per Section 337.3 of the bylaws.
The IRS publishes a listing monthly of organizations that have had their federal tax-exempt status automatically revoked. This Non-filer Revocation List provides, the name of the organization, Employer Identification Number (EIN), organization type (subsection code), last known address provided to the IRS by the organization and the effective date of revocation. The effective date of revocation is the original filing due date, without regard to extensions. Our department monitors this listing on a monthly basis and has been communicating with any affected temples and associations. Remember if you are member of an association that associations also lose their tax exempt status if they have not filed tax returns for three consecutive years. Please fax a copy of any IRS notices that you receive to your External Auditor and myself, as there may be instances where we can work with my contacts at the IRS to resolve the issue.
What entities are included under the above Shriners International Group Exemption?
U.S. Temples and Clubs Shrine Associations Imperial Sessions What entities are not included under this group exemption?
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We regularly receive questions regarding whether temples or Shrine clubs are required by Shriners International to have the title to their property held in the name of a holding corporation?
Shriners International does not require that temple or club property be held in the name of a holding corporation.
We would suggest that you consult with your temple attorney and temple CPA to see if this type of arrangement would benefit your temple or Shrine club.
Once a decision has been made to establish a holding corporation, your temple should communicate with Shriners International General Counsel and the Chairman of Jurisprudence and Laws Committee.
The establishment of holding corporations for both the temple and shrine clubs require the completion of Forms 16 and 17 in the Shriners International Bylaws pertaining to the Articles of Incorporation.
Once the holding corporation has been established, both the temple and shrine club holding corporations are controlled by the temple and the completion of all tax reporting requirements are the responsibility of the temple and not Shriners International.
SS-4 (Application for Employer Identification Number): This form must be submitted to the IRS in order to obtain an EIN number. This would be used for new shrine clubs. W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number & Certification): This form may be requested by any organization that owes the temple money prior to issuing any payment to your temple. The temple may not complete a W-9 under the name of Shriners Hospitals for Children. All W-9 requests pertaining to the hospitals must be referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children Accounting Department.
Our office can assist you with the completion of both of these documents for the temple. Please do not attempt to complete these forms unless you are familiar with them.
501(c)(10) versus 501(c)(3) Fraternal Fundraising Charitable Fundraising Third-Party Fundraisers 4/13/2020 17
Shrine temples are 501(c)(10) fraternal organizations under the IRS code. Donations to Shrine temples for fraternal purposes are not tax-deductible.
Your temple may accept tax-deductible contributions if they are made payable to the temple’s hospital patient transportation fund. The IRS allows this under 170(c)(4) of the Code as long as these funds are used exclusively for charitable purposes. Under Shrine law, the charitable purpose is approved patient transportation expenditures as outlined in General Order No. 1. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) fully qualified Tax Exempt Charitable Organization under the IRS code. Donations made in the name of the hospital are tax deductible as provided by law. 4/13/2020 18
General Order No. 1.
It is natural to associate the fez with Shriners Hospitals for Children. Because of this, meticulous attention must be given to all fundraising activities, including circuses, to make certain that such activities comply with the law of the land and that a contributor is not led to believe that his money will be used for the Hospitals when all or a portion thereof will be used otherwise. The integrity of our charity and of our fraternity must remain above reproach.
Your specific attention is called to the following fraternal and charitable bylaws: §335.3 USE OF NAME “SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN.” The use of the name “Shriners Hospitals for Children” or reference to the Hospitals in connection with any fundraising activity by a temple or Noble without the written consent of the Imperial Potentate and the chairman of the board of trustees of the Hospitals is prohibited.
§503.11 COMMERCIAL USE OF NAME. The use of the name “Shriners Hospitals for Children” or reference to the hospitals in connection with any commercial product or business enterprise is prohibited unless the written consent of the boards of directors and trustees has been first obtained.
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations, shall engage in any fundraising activity without the express written consent of the potentate of the temple having jurisdiction thereof.
(b) There can be no representation, express or implied, that the proceeds will be for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
(c) The temple potentate shall carefully examine all phases of the advertising, promotion and solicitation to determine that it complies with §335.3 and §503.11 of the fraternal and charitable bylaws and that there is no representation, expressed or implied, that would lead a reasonably prudent person to believe that the proceeds will be for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. If the potentate is in doubt, he must receive the opinion of the Imperial Potentate who, after consultation with the Director of Temple Accounting, shall make the final determination.
(d) The temple potentate must approve the terms and provisions of any contract for a fundraising activity after receiving the advice of the temple attorney, and, additionally, as may be required by the temple bylaws.
(e) A copy of the temple potentate’s written consent shall be mailed to the Executive Vice President, Shriners International. Further, such written material pertaining to the fundraising activity, as requested by the
Executive Vice President, Shriners International
, shall be promptly mailed to him.
(a) Every fundraising activity must contain factual information on its solicitation material, tickets, programs and documents, including all electronically transmitted material, regarding the use of the proceeds. Examples: “Proceeds are for the benefit of (_____ Shriners) (_____ Shrine club) activities.” (b) Every fundraising activity which is not entirely for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children shall prominently state on all solicitation material, including tickets, programs, documents and electronically transmitted material, that “payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.” (c) There must be compliance with the
Revenue Act of 1987
provision of any general order by U.S. temples. 4/13/2020 21
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations shall engage in any charitable fundraising activity other than for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Permission therefor must be first obtained in writing from the temple potentate. The temple potentate must then obtain written permission from the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees. This request for written permission shall be sent to the
Executive Vice President, Shriners International, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631-3356. No charitable fundraising activity shall be held in the jurisdiction of another temple without the written permission of the potentate of that temple.
Your temple cannot host charitable fundraisers in the name of the temple’s Hospital Patient Transportation Fund. It is not a registered charity with the IRS.
(1) A joint charitable fundraising activity with another 501(c)(3) charity may be authorized, provided that a minimum of 50% of the net proceeds are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees determine, on a case by case basis, that it is in the best interest of Shriners Hospitals for Children and they grant their written permission for the activity. (2) A charitable fundraising activity conducted by a temple located outside of the U.S.A. may be authorized for other charities, provided that the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees determine, on a case by case basis, that it is in the best interest of Shriners Hospitals for Children and they grant their written permission for the activity. 4/13/2020 22
Fundraising for Charitable Purposes - continued (b) 100% of net proceeds (as defined in the Charitable Fundraising —Approval And Reporting provisions of this General Order) from charitable fundraising must be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children except for such portion thereof as may be permitted to be retained for the temple Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund, pursuant to the Special Purpose Funds provisions of any General Order. Provided, however, if the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees determine for good cause shown, that the law of the land requires that a portion of the net proceeds must be distributed locally, then they may, if they determine it to be in the best interest of Shriners Hospitals for Children, grant their written permission for such distribution. (c) The temple shall report the result of each charitable fundraising activity within sixty days of the activity, pursuant to the
Charitable Fundraising —Approval And Reporting
provisions of any General Order. (d) This section shall not apply to activities exempt under §335.4(b) of the bylaws of Shriners International.
(e) Each independent corporation or entity that receives the permission of the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees to raise moneys for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and which does not have its financial statements reviewed pursuant to §§334.6 & 337.8 of the bylaws of Shriners International, shall have its financial statements audited by a certified, chartered or licensed public accountant and shall submit such audit report to Shriners International within 120 days of the activity. 4/13/2020 23
(a) Every fundraising activity must contain factual information on its solicitation material, tickets, programs and documents, including all electronically transmitted material, regarding the use of the proceeds. “Proceeds are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.” 4/13/2020 24
Compliance with Applicable Laws:
It is the responsibility of the temple potentate, after receiving the advice of the temple attorney, to determine that there is compliance with all applicable laws in its jurisdiction for the temple’s fundraising activities.
(a) The temple shall maintain detailed financial records pertaining to all fundraising activities involving Nobles, clubs, units, organizations of Nobles and affiliated and appendant corporations. Details of all revenues and expenditures shall be maintained in such financial records. (b) The temple must retain such detailed financial records for a period of seven (7) years. (c) There must be compliance with
Financial Reporting on Charitable Funds and Activities
provision of any general order.
Notification to Nobility:
A copy of the
provisions of this General Order shall be printed in the temple publication at least once every calendar year. If there is no temple publication, then a copy shall be mailed to each Noble in the temple not later than the last day in March of each calendar year.
Any officer, Noble or temple which violates a provision of
is subject to discipline pursuant to the bylaws of Shriners International.
Third-Party Fundraisers are charitable fundraisers conducted by anyone other than a Temple, Club or Unit.
Third-Party Fundraisers require the approval of the Executive V.P. of Shriners International.
General Order No. 1. Restricted Fund - Separate bank account or accounts designated Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund.
Custody and administration of all charitable funds and assets, including units and clubs, shall be the responsibility of the board of directors.
New form sent from my office at the beginning of each year beginning with reporting year 2011 requiring detail of all receipts into and expenditures from the temple’s Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund. Expenditures section revised in 2010-2011 for further clarification.
Request to retain for temple HPTF, undue hardship and 2x rule.
Transfer of Funds Between Temples & to the Headquarters Emergent Transportation Fund – Standing Resolution adopted January 13, 1999 and amended April 17, 2007.
Use of Hospital Patient Vans – Joint Boards Resolution adopted November 6, 1990.
IRC 170(c)(4) - permits an individual to deduct a contribution or gift to a domestic fraternal organization if such contribution or gift is to be used exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. 4/13/2020 30
4/13/2020 Temple’s Report of HPTF Receipts and Expenditures 31
On-line Temple Financial Manual – www.shrinersvillage.com
Matt Noell (813)281-7169 [email protected]
Deb Domini (813)281-8102 [email protected]
Temple external auditor / CPA www.irs.gov