Official US Charity Status Close

The South Pacific World War II Museum is one step closer to officially achieving charitable status in the United States. Over the past 6 months, we have been working closely with a consulting firm in the US that has been assisting us in achieving our 501(c)(3) charity status.

Of greatest benefit to the museum with the granting of 501(c)(3) charity status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is that we will be able to receive grants from private US foundations and the US government. More importantly, the museum will be able to provide tax deductions to those from the US wishing to make a donation to the museum.

The process to obtain charity status has come with an extraordinary amount of paperwork and legal hurdles for Museum

IRS & Alma Wensi

Project Office Manager Alma Wensi and the Elwood J Euart Association – the charitable organisation established in Vanuatu in 2012 to oversee the fundraising, building and operation of the museum. However, Alma is also excited by the prospect of attaining tax exempt status in the United States. “501(c)(3) status opens new doors for us from a fundraising point of view”, he said. “Having the opportunity to offer tax deductions to anyone wanting to donate to the museum will make it even more desirable to those wishing to support the museum project.”

As you can imagine, the process of being granted 501(c)(3) charity status is a long, complex and drawn out process to ensure we meet all the conditions and tight regulations set down by the IRS. However, we’re finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Our application is now in the hands of the IRS and we’re now awaiting final notification that we have been successful with our application. We’ll bring you further updates the moment any news comes through.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sue Herrick and James Boswell who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the US to bring this exciting milestone to fruition.

And please remember that you can already show your support for our work by becoming a Museum member. You can read more about it here.