Jefferson Community Health & Life is a non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS. But what does that mean?
According to The Non-Profit Resource Center, “In a nutshell, a non-profit corporation is an organization formed for the purpose of serving a purpose of public or mutual benefit other than the pursuit or accumulation of profits.” In other words, a non-profit is organized to provide some type of public service, not make money for shareholders.
According to Congress and the Internal Revenue Service, only specific types of organizations can qualify to be non-profit, and therefore tax-exempt, organizations. Health care is a qualifying business.
A non-profit corporation is not prohibited from making a “profit,” but there are limitations on what the business can do with its “profits,” according to The Non-Profit Resource Center. A non-profit can’t pay dividends to stockholders or profit sharing to employees, for example. And a non-profit must stick to the purpose that is listed in its non-profit status.
As a non-profit, Jefferson Community Health & Life can accept grants and donations that are tax deductible.
Being a non-profit means Jefferson Community Health & Life has a responsibility to its community to provide “community benefit.” At Jefferson Community Health & Life, that means classes and programs that are break-even or purely community donation, participating in community activities, making donations to community activities, providing a wellness center to the community that is at break-even prices, providing charity care to the needy, etc.
Jefferson Community Health & Life is proud to be a local non-profit health provider. We are proud to serve our community, and are always looking for opportunities to provide additional services to our community.
Our nine-member board of directors is elected from among the members of the Jefferson Community Health & Life corporation. Directors are volunteers and meet monthly to oversee the operations of the Health Center and set direction for the future. To become a lifetime member of the corporation, an individual or business must simply give a donation of $100 or more. Jefferson Community Health & Life currently has 662 members.
If you have questions about Jefferson Community Health & Life’s non-profit status, or ideas for community health care services which are needed, please call or email us at Jefferson Community Health & Life. We truly appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
Jefferson Community Health & Life makes its governing documents, conflict of interest policy and 990 available to the public by request. You can request a copy of these documents in person, by phone or by mail. A copy will be provided at no cost to you.
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Chance Klasek, Jefferson Community Health & Life Chief Financial Officer