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01/17/2017 New!

The Tennessee Jaycee Foundation, Inc. announced the dates for summer 2017.

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Camp Discovery
TN Jaycees Foundation, Inc.
Chester Lowe
2072 Catalina Way
Nolensville, TN 37135
C: 615-504-1727
vicepresident@jayceecamp.org



The Tennessee Jaycees Foundation

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The Tennessee Jaycees Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on December 11, 1972, and was officially organized by the incorporators on February 17, 1977. It has been classified as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service, meeting the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The IRS has determined that the organization is not a private foundation (in other words, it receives its support from the general public)

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The Foundation is run by a Board of 17 Directors, Seven (7) are automatically selected by virtue of their office in the Tennessee Jaycees: The President, Chairman of the Board, Past Chairman of the Board, Community Development Vice President, Commander of the Volunteer Corps, President of the Tennessee JCI Senate andProgram Manager for CampDiscovery. One Director is appointed by thePresident of the Foundation for a term of one year. The other nine (9) Directors serve for terms of 3 years each, there being three (3) separate panels of three (3) Directors whose terms expire on a staggered basis. The Foundation annually elects its officers. The By-Laws provide for a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and such officers as the Board may create. Only the President of the Foundation must be a Director. Although not required by the By-laws, the Foundation generally holds quarterly meetings in conjunction with the Board Meetings/Annual Convention of the Jaycees. In addition, the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors is held on the first Saturday in June, unless otherwise changed by the Board.

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The principal project of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation is thefinancing of Camp Discovery (formerly called Camp Jaycee). Camp Discovery provides the opportunity for individuals who have an intellectual disability to attend a one-week summer camp. The status of the Foundation as a Section 501(c)(3) organization distinguishes it from the Tennessee Jaycees and from Jaycee chapters. These organizations are classified as civic organizations under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS Code, and, as such, may not receive charitable contributions. This distinction is particularly important in securing grants from private Foundations which could jeopardize their tax exempt status if contributions were made to the Tennessee Jaycees, to a Jaycee chapter or to another private Foundation. By keeping the Tennessee Jaycees Foundation as an entity separate from other Jaycee organizations, the foundation is more readily accessible to receive large contributions.