(Burton, Michigan--July 8, 2008) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) granted the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on June 30, 2008. Contributions to the AAQI are now tax deductible as the Michigan nonprofit corporation has been classified as a public charity by the IRS. Founder and Executive Director Ami Simms said, "We just got the letter from the IRS today. I am ecstatic! This means we can take the AAQI to the next level. Not only can our supporters get a tax break, but we can apply for grants to fund future programs and work with corporations in the quilting community who want their philanthropic efforts to include finding a cure for Alzheimer's."
The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece (a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's) and Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (ongoing auction and sale of small quilts) are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer’s.
Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509