National Congress of Jewish Deaf was organized and incorporated as 501c4 in 1956 that was not known to many of us.
During my presidency (1986-1990), we decided to approach the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) for a possible funding to expand NCJD including a paid position. We had a good discussion. CJF asked us if NCJD was 501c3 or not. We assumed it was 501c3 and asked Alexander Fleischman, then Executive Secretary to find the incorporation paper or letter from IRS. Unfortunately we could not find it. He contacted IRS to verify the tax exempt. That’s where we learned that NCJD was classified as a non-profit 501c4 organization.
We applied to IRS for 501c3 status. This required all documents including financial reports since 1956. Unfortunately, NCJD missed many reports. Our application was flatly rejected.
This led us to form new organization with 501c3 status that would give us a transition from NCJD in 1992. Alan Hurwitz, NCJD Vice-President knew and contacted the lawyer specializing in Non-Profit Organizations (NPO). The lawyer assisted us with new articles of incorporation and bylaws, and filed the paperwork with the State of Wyoming and IRS. JDC was incorporated in the State of Wyoming because of low fees. IRS approved new organization named “Jewish Deaf Congress” and granted 501c3.
NCJD was dissolved in 1998.
I served on the JDC Board as Vice-President and President respectfully until 2005. I retired after 21 years of serving as an officer of NCJD and JDC.
Martin Florsheim Ed.D.
P.S. The board positions remain open. For more information, visit www.jewishdeafcongress.org/application. Shabbat shalom!