ORGEF: Are donations to the Ohio Rights Group Education Fund tax deductible?

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Yes. The Ohio Rights Group Education Fund (ORGEF) itself is not yet a free-standing organization that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, but plans to make application for that status soon. For the time being, the Fund operates under a fiscal agent agreement with the 501(c)(3) Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism (CICJ). Donations to the CICJ are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Through the agreement, donors can make tax deductible contributions to the CICJ, which in turn gives those donations to the ORGEF with the stipulation that it engage in charitable and educational projects as if it were a free-standing 501(c)(3).