Heartland Communities is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that was founded in 1998 with a Public Charity status. When the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred, we decided it was a bad time to try to bring awareness to sustainability efforts and global funding was unlikely. So we mothballed the organization for 5 years until 2006.
When reporting our revenue streams to the IRS, we had not done public fundraising for a few years so Heartland Communities’ status was changed to Private Operating Foundation. That is still a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit that can offer tax-deductions for donations. But the difference was that the all-volunteer members were paying for the expenses of the organizations out of our own pockets instead of fundraising like a Public Charity.
In the years since then, we have received many grants from the Federal government, State and local government, and private citizens and institutions. So the test for revenue streams to be recognized as a Public Charity have once again been met. We have submitted the status change request forms and have been notified that Heartland will be seen as a Public Charity and will have a final change ruling in 2026.
The IRS nonprofit tax forms posted here are 990 PF, for tax-exempt Private Operating Foundations. We will file the standard 990 forms for Public Charity status beginning in 2021 tax year, filed in 2022.