Notice to Members Regarding the Relationship Between Membership and Business Promotion
September 24, 2016
PHNA Board of Directors
The Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that exists for the benefit of all Pemberton Heights residents.
Individuals affiliated with the PHNA Board and PHNA-sanctioned activities are free to pursue their own business interests separate from their role in PHNA, as many PHNA volunteers have done in the past and continue to do today. In addition, the PHNA has a sponsorship program that is accessible to anyone who wishes to advertise their private business to neighborhood residents.
The PHNA welcomes donations from sponsors; this includes both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. As a non-profit entity, the PHNA must adhere to IRS guidelines when accepting donations to keep its tax exempt status and to avoid penalties. There are times when the organization may respectfully decline a donation due to these guidelines or conflicts-of-interests. As an example, donation offers in situations where a member's organization or the individual member stands to substantially profit will most likely be declined.
For more information about the PHNA's tax status and how it conducts itself, be sure to visit the tax-status page on this site.
Additionally, the Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association (PHNA) is a defined name under common law and cannot be used by members or other entities for promotional activities without the written consent of the PHNA Board. Written consent is established and conveyed through the defined sponsorship and donation processes set in place to protect the members and the neighborhood from inappropriate promotion, confusion, and the misappropriation of the PHNA name.
For several years, thanks to the service of many of the neighborhood residents giving of their time, funds to develop communication techniques, and years of specific activities that have become associated with the Association, the name Pemberton Heights Neighborhood Association, www.PembertonHeights.org and special activities sponsored by the PHNA were developed to serve as a specific identification of the Association in service to its members as well as the neighborhood as a whole.