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Friends of Council on Aging moving towards compliance

November 1, 2011

The recent 180 blog post and newspaper column about the Friends of the Walpole Council on Aging being in non-compliance with various state and federal agencies, including the IRS, appears to have caused the Friends to start filing the appropriate documents.

On October 27, the Friends filed a “Certificate of Change of Principal Office” and a “Certificate of Change of Directors or Officers” with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Corporations Division, meaning they appear to be back in compliance with the Secretary of State. They now have an updated list of their officers and directors in the state’s online corporate database:
President: Beth Pellick
Treasurer: Elizabeth Cutting
Clerk: Susanne Murphy
Vice President: Catherine Abate
Director: Thomas Brady

The organization is also not on the most recent IRS list of non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that do not have their tax-exempt status. That list was updated October 27. In fact, there are only two Walpole non-profits on the list right now (the American Legion and another group called “Boston Boot and Shoe Club” on Rainbow Pond Drive), down from a high of about a dozen about a month ago.

I do not know for sure if this means the Friends are now tax-exempt again – they are not in the IRS online database of tax-exempt organizations just yet.

It is also unclear if the Friends are also now in compliance with the Attorney General’s Public Charities Division. I will find out – they were sent a letter from the Attorney General and they were supposed to respond by yesterday.

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