Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant Awarded 501(c)(3) Status by the IRS

by | Aug 29, 2011 | 0 comments

The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant is pleased to announce that it has been classified as a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.  As such, it is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions to it are therefore fully deductible, as well. The Grant also is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts.

Established by Bob’s friends and industry colleagues, the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Granthonors the memory of the late Bob Asleson, one of that industry’s most creative and prolific executives.  An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases.  He held presidential positions at several leading information companies, and served on countless organization boards.

Candidates for an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree can apply for the grant that subsidizes attendance at both the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference.  Recipients are selected based on economic need and an essay written according to criteria set by the grant’s board of directors.  Applications for attendance at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas are due by October 15.  Each grant is in the amount of $1,500.

In announcing the IRS decision, Iris L. Hanney, president of the grant’s board of directors and founder of Unlimited Priorities Corporation, said, “We worked very hard to comply with the IRS guidelines for charitable organizations, and are gratified to be recognized as a public charity.  We hope that this ruling will encourage individuals and organizations throughout the information industry to donate to the Grant in support of students of Library Science.”

Charles Abels Massie, CPA/CFP®, financial advisor to the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant, added: “In today’s world of fraudulent entities it is always a pleasure to work with a Not For Profit entity (and its board of directors) that does things the right way and so is able to earn “Not For Profit” status from the Internal Revenue Service based upon significant required documentation. This status was granted at the same time that the IRS is decertifying numerous other Not For Profit entities for not living up to their agreed mission statements and/or for producing documentation lacking in many areas.”

Complete details regarding the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant, including donation information, are available at

For additional information contact:

Iris L. Hanney, Chairman of the Board
Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant

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