The Sneaker Fund is a philanthropy inside the Shrines Hospitals for Children. The Sneaker Fund is a fund raising activity for Shriners Hospitals for Children Burn and Osteogenisis Research. I.S.C.A. operates this activity under the annual permission of the Imperial Council, which I.S.C.A. gets from each Imperial Potentate. Under today's critical eye of the IRS, I.S.C.A. and the Shrine must be very careful in presenting any fund raising plans as not to violate or jeopardize our charitable status. Therefore in the soliciting of funds, follow these general instructions.
First: Always have the blessing of your Potentate and Divan to operate a Sneaker at your Temple, Club and Unit meetings. Realizing the Temple is acknowledged for credit, as it gave you permission, your monies are added into the Temples' total for the year.
Second: Do Not offer tax deductibility for contributions for your clowning and host deduction. If there is a need for a receipt, then channel the gift directly to the hospital through the Tampa Office, where a 501 (C)(3) number may be applied. If clowns receive money for participation and expenses reimbursed, then it is prudent not to apply income tax deductions.
Third: Common Sense applies, as I.S.C.A. does not encourage a pushy atmosphere, I.S.C.A. relies on the genuine desire to help Research for our kids. Do not let zeal turn people off by being too exuberant.
Fourth: Please send money in check, never cash, to the appropriate officer of I.S.C.A. using the form identified below. The proceeds from your Sneaker Fund efforts are deposited to a special secured and restricted I.S.C.A. account on receipt. The monies contained with this account are transferred, on a periodic basis, to the Imperial Shiners Hospital for Children account and reported annually at the Imperial Session. Remember, the proceeds go to the hospital budgets for burns research with the exception of Canada collections where they are forwarded to the Montreal Hospital and earmarked for Osteogenesis Imperfecta research.
Fifth: Please never underestimate the Thanks and Appreciation that I.S.C.A., the children and Shriners Hospitals has for you and your Club and Units efforts.
Any questions or issues should be directed to the Sneaker Fund Chairman*.
* See http://shrineclowns.org/appointed.asp for the current US, Canadian, and Mexico Chairman identification
Since 1997 I.S.C.A. has been including all monies that are donated directly to our Shriner Hospitals by our I.S.C.A. Clown Units through their Temples (Shrine Centers) and their Sneaker Fund. Below are some guidelines.
Unit President or Senior Officer, Secretary and Temple Potentate signatures are needed on Direct Donation Forms.
- Money generated by Unit but sent in direct to Imperial in Tampa.
- Money generated by Unit but sent in direct to Imperial in Tampa requesting 501 (C)(3) where number may be applied for taxes by donor.
• I.S.C.A. cannot offer a 501 (C)(3). It can only come from Imperial in Tampa.
- Money donated to Temple (Shrine Center) for Shriner Hospitals.
- Money donated to Temple (Shrine Center) for Blood Fund.
- Money donated to Temple (Shrine Center) for Transportation Fund.
- Money donated direct to Shriner Hospitals for Wish List.
Note: Money donated to the Temples General Fund is NOT counted as a Sneaker Fund donation by I.S.C.A. and MUST NOT BE submitted as such.