iSchools Inc. is now officially a tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization, having been granted 501(c)(3) status by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The nonprofit determination means the iSchools organization is exempt from federal income tax, and donors can deduct their contributions to the organization.
The determination of nonprofit status was made official on August 1, 2016. It comes on the heels of the organization’s official incorporation in 2015, in Washington D.C.
“Achieving nonprofit status is an important step for the iSchools organization,” said Ron Larsen, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and chair of the iCaucus, the governing body of the iSchools organization. “Ever since the iSchools organized in 2005, we have sought to incorporate and obtain nonprofit status. Those goals have now been realized.”
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of 77 schools spanning five continents.
The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.
“Many recognize how the information field is creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. By promoting the iSchools movement, the iSchools organization helps the world harness the power of information and technology, and maximize the potential of humans,” said iSchool Executive Director David Fenske. “This determination of 501(c)(3) status will benefit individuals and organizations who wish to directly support the iSchools organization in this mission through charitable donations.”