Eligibility: Schools

Public schools
While public schools may apply for recognition of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), this step is not required in order for such organizations to qualify for private foundation grants. Generally, the IRS treats public school districts as government instrumentalities. Source: Grantspace

Razoo allows public schools to participate in Valley Gives if they have a NCES code. Look up your school’s NCES code at: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/

Non-profit status for schools and educational institutions
Can be as a 501(c)3 organization. IRS regulations state that the following types of organizations may qualify as educational:

1. An organization, such as a primary or secondary school, a college, or a professional or trade school, that has a regularly scheduled curriculum, a regular faculty, and a regularly enrolled student body in attendance at a place where the educational activities are regularly carried on,

2. An organization whose activities consist of conducting public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, or other similar programs,

3. An organization that presents a course of instruction by correspondence or through the use of television or radio, 4. A museum, zoo, planetarium, symphony orchestra, or other similar organization, 5. A nonprofit children’s day-care center, and 6. A credit counseling organization

source: IRS Publication 557