The Salem Parks Foundation filed August 4, 2000 with the State of Oregon Corporation Division as a public benefit corporation. We applied for tax exempt status 501(c) 3 as a publicly supported non-profit corporation. We received our final determination and classification as a public charity from the IRS on December 14, 2004. The IRS granted 501(c) 3 status and has determined our Public Charity Status as 170(b) (1) (A) (vi).
On September 28, 2000, the Salem Parks Foundation Board of Directors adopted bylaws that established the Foundationís primary purpose: to promote, develop, facilitate and sustain stewardship dedicated to the enhancement of the parks, park facilities and park programs of the city of Salem, Oregon.
To fulfill that stated purpose, the SPF has solicited public donations and applied for grant monies to support the following programs:
Partnerships: the SPF Board provides information and assistance with capital campaigns for local groups seeking to provide enhancements for their local park.
Education: the SPF has created a free lecture series open to the public to provide information about the history and features of Salem parks. The SPF Board prints a map of Minto Brown Island Park, Salemís largest park available for all users of the park.
Endowment: The SPF has created a dedicated fund and is working to grow this fund so that it may be invested and provide a stable source of revenue for Salem parks. All bequests and memorial contributions to the SPF go to this fund.