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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits published a list of more than 7,500 nonprofits that risk losing their status for failure to file the Form 990-N by May 15, 2010. Local History News and Minnesota History Interpreter have covered this story since the law was passed in 2006.

If you are on this list, please take the necessary steps to file the 990-N right away. If you notice your neighbors and colleagues, please pass along a friendly reminder. Local history has worked very hard to attain nonprofit charitable status to care for history in the public trust. It would be unfortunate if the capacity to preserve history were diminished by loss of this important status.

Below is a list of local history organizations in Minnesota that appear on this list:

Albany Heritage Society
Ann Bickle Heritage House (Glenwood)
Atwater Area Historical Society
Barnesville Area Heritage Society
Bechyn Historical Society
Big Stone County Historical Society
Canon Falls Area Historical Society
Chaska Historical Society
Christie Home Historical Society
City of Minnetonka Historical Society
Clarissa Community Museum
Clarks Grove Area Heritage Society
Cold Spring Area Historical Society
Columbia Heights Historical Society
County Center Historical Society (Wabasso)
Crow Wing County Historical Foundation
Dakota County Veterans Historical Society
Elmore Area Historical Society
Fort Belmont Foundation (Jackson)
Fulda Heritage Society
Historic Pipestone
Hollandale Heritage Huis
Hubbard County Historical Society
Lanesboro Historic Preservation Commission
Living History Society of Minnesota, Inc.
Lucan Historical Society
Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society
Medford Area Historical League
Menagha Area Historical Society
Mesabi Heritage Society
Mille Lacs County Historical Society
Mille Lacs Lake Historical Society
Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society
Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians
Morristown Historical Society
New Brighton Area Historical Society
Paul Bunyan Historical Society (Akeley)
Pine County Historical Society
Polish Heritage Society (Winona)
Proctor Area Historical Society
Rapidan Heritage Society
Richfield Historical Society
Sand Hill Settlement Historical Society
Shoreview Historical Society
Springfield Area Historical Society
Tower-Soudan Historical Society
Trimont Area Historical Society
Truman Historical Association
Vasa Museum
Verndale Historical Society
Viking Sword Historical Society (Ulen)
Waconia Heritage Association
Warroad Historical Society
West Concord Historical Society Foundation
Wheels Across the Prairie Museum (Tracy)
Wilkin County Historical Society
Woodbury Heritage Society
Wykoff Area Historical Society

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4 Responses to Risking 501(c)(3) status

  1. Mary Warner says:

    I spent all of yesterday morning combing through the list for Morrison County organization, compiling them for our blog. Realizing that some organizations might not get the message that way, I called a community leader for each community represented and told them to get the word out for the organizations in their area.

    When I spotted the Christie Home Historical Society, I called the Todd County Historical Society (couldn’t find a phone # for the Christie Home) and left a message.

    I hope everyone on the list gets the message before the IRS Doomsday – May 15.


  2. I downloaded went through then entire database from the MCN site and found several local organizations on there. Some were moribund, others were active, and still others were a puzzle. But, when I showed this to our local paper they gave me a resounding “so?” I tried to explain the gravity of the situation and received blank stares. So I said to heck with this and made a couple calls on my own. A couple of the groups I talked to were quite surprised to find their names on there and I directed them to the MCN web site to follow up.


  3. Mary Warner says:

    If your organization was on the IRS’s list and you didn’t get your 990-N postcard/online filing done by the deadline, there is still hope. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman announced that organizations should file anyway and the IRS will work with you to keep your nonprofit status. See here for details: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=223609,00.html


  4. Rod Nordberg says:

    Thanks for the warnings & encouragement.
    No prior officer or board member of our organization had a computer, much less internet, so the 15th deadline came and went. We hope our belated filing will suffice.


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