MuseCon Corporation - The Business of Running MuseCon
Looking for the Convention??
It is at http://www.musecon.org/. This site is dedicated to the business of running MuseCon.
MuseCon is a 501(c)(3) organization that does many things, including a yearly convention!
We emphasize the convention, understandably, since it is such a large teaching outreach opportunity, but we do have many other activities. And yes, the convention is open to the general public.
Joining MuseCon the organization requires no membership fee, just a willingness to participate!
So, exactly what IS MuseCon, Inc.?
We are an educational service organization that emphasizes hands-on learning: Go out and teach what you know! Demystify science and/or the arts. Learn something new by combining art in new ways, or science in new ways, or even better, art with science in new ways - then go teach or show others. Hopefully you'll also inspire them to do the same.
Dare I say? Be a Muse to others!
What Do You Do?
Simply put, at various venues we hold classes and demonstrations. Yes, we do this for fun, and because nothing is more gratifying than helping kids aged 9 to 90 (and all ages in between, and many before and after) to learn something new - and be excited/thrilled while doing it!
Did I mention the hands-on part? A prime component is the student building or doing something as part of the creative learning process. You will hear the phrase Make-And-Take quite often.
Q: Hey, I think this sounds really
interesting. How can I get you to come to our event/college/etc?
Q: What classes, make-and-takes, or
demonstrations can you do?
Q: Does it cost anything?
Q: What else do you do?
Becoming a Member
Q: How do I join MuseCon, Inc.?
Q: Wait, that's too easy.
Q: What do I get for being member?
Q: What about dues?
Q: Oh, come on - every organization needs
MuseCon, Inc. Activities
Not all MuseCon organization members attend the convention, as that is not the only thing we do. Most of our activities involve 3-5 members each, and anywhere from five to eighty members of general public. Some examples of events we have participated in previously:
Boy Scout Troop 309 - electronic workshop
In each of these cases, we did not charge an attendance fee. We were asked by these organizations if we would come and give classes or demonstrations. Hotel, materials, and travel expenses came out of the pockets of the MuseCon members giving the classes.
MuseCon, Inc. and Non-Profit Status
We are a 501(c)3 organization, but the process is not yet complete. We are an official not-for-profit charity organization, and donations are tax-deductable, and often eligible for corporate matching programs, but not all organizations will recognize our not-for-profit status. Most importantly, we are still too new, and not (yet) listed in the IRS "Publication 78". This is the official published list of charities recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Our status right now (in all cases, search for MuseCon):
We appear in the IRS Filings Database: http://www.irs.gov/app/ePostcard/
You can also see the Publication 78 FAQ and some additional lists of entities that have been recently added or removed from Publication 78 at http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html.
About Not-For-Profit Organizations
The following information was taken from the IRS publication: Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status
U.S. federal tax law imposes responsibilities on organizations receiving 501(c)(3) status.
Organizations that are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC must
meet certain requirements for documenting charitable contributions. The
federal tax law imposes two general disclosure rules:
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