New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation
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, the Museum officially opened its doors to the public.
Federal IRS 501(C)(3) Designation
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. Non-taxable items include unprepared food for human consumption, clothing, certain professional and personal services, and real estate sales. Currently, New Jersey Sales Tax is 6.625%.
Federal and State Tax Obligations
The Blairstown Museum’s Board of Trustees (Directors) has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the Museum operates legally and exists in perpetuity. Donations and expenditures are recorded and are regularly audited. In addition, the Museum submits quarterly Sales Tax payments to the State of New Jersey and submits an annual filing of Form 990-N with the Internal Revenue Service.
Blairstown Museum’s Bylaws
The Blairstown Museum, a non-profit corporation of the State of New Jersey, is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purpose, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Blairstown Museum’s Governing Body
The Blairstown Museum is managed by a gratis (without charge) staff of volunteers, which consists of a Board of Trustees (Directors), whom are guided and assisted by the Museum Advisory Council (MAC). Jointly, they formulate policies for the advancement of the Museum’s mission; oversee exhibits, events, and programs; and manage various Museum Committees and an all-volunteer staff of over 50 individuals.
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.
Deed of Accession
Artifacts to be acquired by donation, purchase, exchange or bequest shall be related to the Museum’s Mission Statement and, therefore, to the people, communities, and events that shaped and or continue to shape the township’s history and development.
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. In an effort to maintain a modern, well-educated, and compliant organization, various Museum Committees and Volunteers are mandated to complete further education in their specialty area.
US 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 Trustees, received the coveted “Congressional Hometown Hero” award.