Financial Documents Required - Frequently Asked Questions
The following lists the answers to some of the common questions regarding the documents required to be submitted with your National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) proposal.
As an international organization, I do not have the required IRS documents. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. International organizations will not have IRS documents. If there are comparable documents available in the organization’s home country (e.g. official determination letters, returns required by the home country’s government, or audits), please submit those to NFWF with your application. If the documents provided are in a language other than English, please explain in English, either in a separate document or on the actual document, how each document fulfills our application requirements. As a general rule, an official determination letter / registration of the organization’s non-profit status and audited financial statement / balance sheet are required. Otherwise, please submit a bank statement.
I am part of a newly-formed organization with little or no financial activity. I do not have the required documents. What do I do?
If the organization has just been created (less than a year old) or is structured so that there is little to no financial activity documented and no reporting forms available, the organization is still eligible to apply to NFWF by submitting a bank statement and a copy of the organization’s IRS Determination letter.
Do I need to submit these documents on the application’s website or can I submit them in hardcopy?
If an applicant is unable to upload large files to our server during the application process, they may submit required financial documents to our Washington, DC office via regular mail. If you choose to send your forms in hardcopy, please a) contact the program officer for the program to which you are applying to inform them that they should expect these documents, and b) upload to the Uploads section of the online application a Word document which details the documents you have sent via regular mail.
What is an IRS determination letter?
For the purposes of a NFWF application, the determination letter is an IRS-issued letter indicating that an organization meets the requirements of non-profit entity status. If yours is not a U.S.-based organization, official documentation of the organization’s not-for-profit status, issued by municipal, regional or Federal government, is required.