Policies & Governance

Policies & Governance

501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

The Blairstown Museum was founded on July 1, 2015. The State of New Jersey formally incorporated the Blairstown Museum on September 16, 2016, “to acquire, collect, research, document, protect, preserve, exhibit and promote the unique history and heritage of the Township of Blairstown, New Jersey for the benefit of residents and visitors.” On October 1, 2016, we officially opened our doors to the public.

As an IRS Certified 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the Blairstown Museum generates funding through generous financial donors; souvenir shop sales and historic tours; memberships and sponsorships; and other events and programs.

One of the primary benefits of acquiring IRS 501(c)(3) status is the ability to accept contributions that are tax-deductible to our donors.

   

Sales Tax Collection

Sales tax is imposed on the receipts from retail sales of tangible personal property or specified digital products, and the sales of enumerated services. New Jersey requires any retailer doing business in New Jersey to collect and remit sales tax. Blairstown Museum souvenir shop purchases are subject to the collection of sales tax at the time of sale.

As of January 1, 2019 the current New Jersey Sales Tax is 6.625%.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-taxable items include unprepared food for human consumption, clothing, certain professional and personal services, and real estate sales.


Bylaws & Standards

Blairstown Museum Bylaws
The Blairstown Museum is managed by a gratis (without charge) Board of Trustees, and all-volunteer staff of over 50 individuals. Our volunteers are committed to serving the residents and visitors of Blairstown, and have a deep appreciation for our local history.

Blairstown Museum Bylaws

Collections Management Policy
The Blairstown Museum’s Collections Management Policy addresses various aspects of our stewardship responsibilities. This policy defines the scope of the Museum’s collection and how the Museum cares for its collections and makes them available to the public.

Collections Management Policy

American Alliance of Museums Pledge
Founded in 1906, the American Alliance of Museums is a non-profit association that develops standards and best practices, gathers and shares knowledge, and advocates on issues of concern to the museum community.

American Alliance of Museums Pledge

U.S. Congressional Recognition
In August 2017 and August 2018, the Blairstown Museum received a “Congressional Certificate of Recognition” in honor of our Historic Blairstown Day celebration. In October 2018, a “Congressional Certificate of Recognition” was bestowed upon our organization in honor of our Anniversary. In December 2018, Jeanette Iurato, President of our Board of Directors, received the coveted “Congressional Hometown Hero” award.

U.S. Congressional Recognition

IRS Tax Records : Fiscal Year 2017Fiscal Year 2018
The Blairstown Museum’s Board of Trustees has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the Museum operates legally and exists in perpetuity. Our donations and expenditures are recorded. In addition, annually we file Form 990-N with the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS 990-N 2017 Filing