Because Shriners have been the driving force behind Shriners Hospitals for Children®, it has become natural to associate the Fez with this charity. However, Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children are separateand distinct legal corporations.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is 501(c)(3) incorporated in the state of Colorado, and it operates 22 hospitals.Its purpose is to provide medical care to children without regard to race, creed, sect or nationality. The treatment is provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. This is the Charitable corporation.
Shriners International is incorporated in the state of Iowa, and it presently has 193 unincorporated fraternal associations in Canada, Mexico, the United States, Republic of Panama, Puerto Rico and Philippines. We know them as Shrine Temples. This is the Fraternal corporation.
A study done by Shriners International Headquarters found that Shrine Temples conduct more than 2,000 fundraising activities annually. Many of these fundraisers are strictly for the Temples – and this is perfectly acceptable. Other fundraising activities are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children – and this is also perfectly acceptable.
However, the individual purchasing a ticket, product, etc., or the donor, should be advised, in advance, how the proceeds will be used. This pamphlet is intended to provide guidance to the Temples, units, clubs and Nobles in their fundraising activities so there can be no criticism directed at them that the solicitation did not conform to the requirements of the law or was deceptive or misleading.
Types of Fundraisers
There are two types of Shrine fundraisers – Charitable and Fraternal.
Charitable Fundraisers – Where 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Fraternal Fundraisers – Where the net proceeds benefit the Temple, which in turn may distribute them as it sees fit. For example, profits may be disbursed to the Temple general fund, a building fund, to clubs and/or units,to Shriners Hospitals for Children, to local community or Masonic related projects (DeMolay, Masonic Home, etc.)or any combination thereof.
Procedures That Apply to All Shrine Fundraising Activities
• All fundraising must comply with the law of the land; that is, the law of the jurisdiction where the activity takes place. This includes national, state or province, and local laws.
• The use of the name Shriners Hospitals for Children is governed by §503.11 of the bylaws of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
• All fundraising is governed by General Orders as may be issued on that subject by the Imperial Potentate.
• Insurance. Your attention is particularly called to that portion of the existing General Order No.1 pertaining to insurance. Strict compliance is required.
• All contracts must be reviewed and approved by the Temple Potentate after receiving the advice of the Temple attorney.
• All fundraising promotional materials (including Temple publications) must include a statement indicating the major entity benefited by the funds [Statement of Purpose].
Statements of Purpose and Disclosure
All fundraising promotional materials must contain a STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. Below are examples for each type of fundraising activity.
For Charitable Fundraisers: “Proceeds are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
For Fraternal Fundraisers: “Proceeds are for the benefit of ( Shriners) ( shrine club) activities.”
Every fundraising acitvity which is not entirely for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children shall prominently state on all solicitation material, including tickets, programs, documents and electronically transmitted material, the following DISCLOSURE: “Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.”
NOTE: All fraternal fundraising materials must include both the Statement of Purpose and Disclosure.
It should be emphasized at this point that no Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles, or affiliated or appendant corporations shall engage in any charitable fundraising activity other than for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
When a decision is made to conduct a charitable fundraiser, the responsible Noble (club/unit president, committee chairman, etc.) must submit a written request to the Temple Potentate having jurisdiction thereof. If he approves, the Potentate must then obtain the written permission from the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees. This request for written permission shall be sent to the Executive Vice President – Shriners International, Shriners International Headquarters, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, Florida 33631-3356. Final approval for a charitable fundraising activity is effective upon the Temple’s receipt of a Charity Activity Form. If a request is denied, the Temple Potentate will receive an explanation.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from charitable fundraisers must be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Expenses for operating the event must be actual, and no labor charges can be made for volunteer work by Shriners and/or their families.
Under certain conditions, existing General Orders allow the use of a portion of funds raised for the hospitals to be used for Shriners Hospitals for Children Patient Transportation. [See “Special Purpose Funds” section of General Order No. 1 for complete details.]
All solicitation materials, tickets, programs and documents, including all electronically transmitted materials,must include factual information (Statement of Purpose) regarding use of the proceeds. [See figure 1.]
Information about our hospitals (obtainable from the Imperial Public Relations Department), such as patient success stories, facts and figures, photos or other appropriate material, may be used in programs for charitable fundraisers. [See figure 2.]
The Temple shall report the results of each charitable fundraising activity within 60 days of the activity to Shriners Hospitals for Children on the Charity Activity Form provided to the Temple. A Temple which fails to remit the net proceeds within 60 days of the activity, without having been granted a written extension by the chairmen of the boards of directors and trustees, for good cause shown, shall be assessed interest at the legal rate allowable in the jurisdiction of the activity, or the amount earned on the net proceeds, whichever is higher, retroactive to the date of the activity.
The Temple shall maintain detailed financial records of all fundraising activities involving Nobles, clubs, units, organizations of Nobles and affiliated and appendant corporations for a period of seven years. Details of all revenues and expenditures shall be maintained in such financial records.
State Solicitation Laws: Some states have solicitation laws that may require Shrine compliance. Temples must have their attorney review such laws. By way of example, the State of Florida requires that the following statement be included in all printed solicitation materials, receipts, written confirmation, or reminders of contributions soliciting charitable contributions for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The statement must be conspicuously displayed in all capital letters.
SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN ARE DULY REGISTERED WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS REQUIRED BY ITS SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT. THEIR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH 433. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations, shall engage in any fundraising activity without the express written consent of the potentate of the temple having jurisdiction there of.
There can be no representation, expressed or implied, that the proceeds will be for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
When the Potentate gives his written consent for a fraternal fundraising activity, a copy of the same shall be mailed to the Executive Vice President – Shriners International. Further, any printed materials pertaining to the fundraising activity shall be sent to Executive Vice President, Shriners International if so requested.
All promotional material, tickets, programs and documents must contain a Statement of Purpose and Disclosure. [See figure 3.] Information about our hospitals may be used in programs for fraternal fundraisers provided that each contains the appropriate Statement of Purpose and Disclosure.
This information must appear in a conspicuous location using lettering bold enough to be easily read. Programs and other ‘booklet’ type materials must include the Statement of Purpose and Disclosure on the front cover or the first page. [See figure 4.]
The Statement of Purpose and Disclosure should also be included as a part of each fundraising activity advertised in Temple publications.
The Temple shall maintain detailed financial records of all fundraising activities involving Nobles, clubs, units, organizations of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations for a period of seven years. Details of all revenues and expenditures shall be maintained in such financial records.
If you have any questions regarding the procedures for fundraising, you are to communicate with:
Executive Vice President – Shriners International
Shriners International Headquarters
P.O. Box 31356
Tampa, FL 33631-3356