BRITE accepts and appreciates donations, but its tax-exempt status does not allow those donations to be tax-deductible in the way donations are to 501(c)(3) non-profits. BRITE's annual budget is small, but necessary to provide services and outreach to the community. As BRITE looks to expand its portfolio of projects, finances are the a signficant limiting factor. For instance, being able to provide a small fund for surveillance cameras in areas with persistent quality of life issues is something BRITE would like to do. If you would like to contribute to this or another initiative, please reach out to the Board.
This particular section of the tax code is carved out for social welfare organizations. These groups are allowed to to participate in politics, so long as politics does not become their primary focus. BRITE does meet with City officials, but it is far from half of our spending and political influence is not our primary focus. Often, 501(c)(4) organizations will also have Super PACs. BRITE does not have a Super PAC.
BRITE's tax status is more the result of a lack of skill in navigating the complexities of our tax code than a desire to have this tax designation. If there is a savvy CPA or tax attorney who would be willing to help BRITE transition to a 501(c)(3) organization, that would be desirable.