LPA Granted 501(c)(3) Tax Status

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The Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) is now officially a 501(c)3 organization.  Our application was approved on October 31, 2011 by the IRS and is effective as of our  Incorporation date of June 2009.

Many non profit organizations strive to attain this tax exempt status with the IRS, and it helps when seeking donations or applying for grants from corporations.  Contributions to the LPA are deductible, and we are qualified to receive tax deductible gifts.

Obtaining our non profit tax status was a very lengthy and time consuming project for the committee.  Work started back in 2009 when we became incorporated.  New Bylaws were written and adopted, and Articles of Incorporation amended to conform with IRS requirements.  The application was a 100  page document, and included a lengthy narrative of the LPA history, worksheets listing all of our programs, workshops, field trips, support of the arts, and community service events over the past three years, three years of financial data, and much more.  Committee contributions by Bonnie Matthews, Sue Craft, Faith W. and Bill Sutton, and others made it all possible.  The LPA is very grateful for all of their hard work and dedication to this big project!

All of this was done in support of our mission:  The Lancaster Photography Association (LPA) is organized to promote the art and science of photography; and to provide education, information, inspiration, and opportunity for all persons interested in photography; and to support philanthropic endeavors in the community through photography.

by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn’t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she’s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I’m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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