ARISS USA Gets IRS 501(c)(3) Recognition

ARISS-USA, a Maryland nonprofit corporation, has earned recognition from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Section 501(c)(3) charitable, scientific, and educational organization. ARISS-USA is the US segment of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international working group. With this IRS determination, donations to ARISS-USA become tax-deductible in the US, retroactive to May 21, 2020. This status allows the organization to solicit donations and grants. (via ARRL News)

Nice to hear that ARISS has finally taken flight and has become its own non-profit organization. This will help with funding and provide strategic direction for its role in keeping ham radio in space. My only question is why they didn’t take the opportunity to change the name of the organization? With the ISS now at 200% of its planned life and with ARISS planning future lunar projects, a name change in the not too distant future seems inevitable.

In any event, congratulations to ARISS on this bold move!