The American Livebearer Association has established an endowment fund known simply as the Vern Parish Fund to support education in the field of livebearing fish. The ALA is actively soliciting and accepting donations to this fund. This fund will be maintained independent from the ALA general treasury. The ALA draws on the interest of this fund and provides cash grants to graduate level research students actively engaged in the study of livebearing fish. The amount and the recipient of these stipends will be determined by the Board of Directors of the ALA. Since 2008 the minimum award has been $1,000
As of January 1, 2008, the American Livebearer Association, Inc. has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable nonprofit entity with 501(c )(3) status. Contributions to the ALA are deductible under section 170 of the Code. This means that any contribution to the ALA is deductible on your Form 1040 Schedule A. The ALA is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.
All contributions to the ALA will be used by the Vern Parish Fund for scholarships and grants for ichthyological research to further the knowledge of livebearing fishes. All donors will receive a receipt as proof of their contribution for income tax purposes.
If you would like to make a contribution, send the check/money order made out to the American Livebearer Association to the address below, or if you have a PayPal account you can use that. Send the funds to: email@example.com and note in the comments section that it is a VPF contribution. A receipt for income tax purposes will be sent to you.
You can send cash, cheque or money orders to:
AMERICAN LIVEBEARER ASSOCIATION, INC.
C/O GARY KUKOWSKI, TREASURER
6523 W SWEETWATER AVE.
GLENDALE, AZ 85304-1037
Remember, all contributions to the ALA are deductible on your Schedule A as a contribution just like any other contributions you may make to your church, the Salvation Army, etc.
Thanking you in advance,
ALA/Vern Parish Fund