The Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Inc. is a public benefit corporation ( N009965626 ) as defined by the Missouri Nonprofit Corporation Act and a chapter of the National Pagan Pride Project.
The purpose of this organization shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, specifically those religions that fall under the definition of “Pagan.” The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, including, for such purposes, 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. This corporation is a religious corporation.
For the purposes of this organizaton, a Pagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:
- Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
- Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
- Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology; and/or
- Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine.
Our purpose can be summarized using the following elemental correspondences:
- Earth: Community – We’re never going to be able to practice openly if we don’t know anyone else in our local Pagan communities. We need to weave networking webs in our cities, in our towns, in our rural areas. We need these webs to support one another. That support will also show those who would restrict our practice that we are not just a few isolated wackos, but are a growing congregation of people who adhere to a faith that, while different, is as valid as their own.
- Air: Education – We’re never going to be able to practice our spiritual paths openly if we don’t give the public accurate information about what we do and do not do.
- Fire: Activism – People aren’t necessarily going to go out of their way to find out what Pagans really do. We have to have the courage to act on our convictions and do what we need to do.
- Water: Charity – We know that what we do returns to us. We need to demonstrate this by offering compassion to our communities where it is needed. When we share our own abundance, we show that we trust the Gods to share abundance with us in return.
The mission of KCPPD is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community as a chapter of the Pagan Pride Project. To further this mission, KCPPD organizes a local event in honor of Pagan Pride Day and the Autumn Equinox, events which can include public religious ceremonies, picnics, parades, festivals, networking events, public education through media or publications, and food drives or other charitable donation drives. Other activities may be included depending on the wishes of the KCPPD Board of Directors.
KCPPD shall not engage in activities that are illegal or engage in any substantive manner in activities that are not in furtherance with the stated purpose of Pagan Pride Project.
No substantial part of the activities of KCPPD shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and KCPPD shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, KCPPD shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Tax Exempt Status
The Kansas City Pagan Pride Day, Inc. is a chapter of the Pagan Pride Project, Inc., for all purposes within the organization’s policies.
Kansas City Pagan Pride Day is a subordinate organization included in the Pagan Pride Project, Inc.’s, Group Exemption and enjoys tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 based on its status as a Pagan Pride Project chapter.
The Pagan Pride Project is a charity exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code §501(c)3. A donation to the Project and to the Kansas City event is a charitable donation and is tax deductible, assuming the donation meets the other required criteria. National policy requires that the aforementioned local representatives send copies of the financial records for the Kansas City event to the Pagan Pride Project National Treasurer at least yearly, and these records are available to the public upon request.
Distribution of earnings
No part of the net earnings of KCPPD shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that Pagan Pride shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of KCPPD.