Warrant Officer Historical Foundation
(Formerly Warrant Officer’s Heritage Foundation)
An Independent Non-Profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity
Preserving Army Warrant Officer History ™
Founded May 29, 2003
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About Our Foundation
Over The Years
Over the years, based on suggestions from the U. S. Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) membership, research by staff and volunteers, and the ever increasing demand for support which frequently translates to increased funding requirements, USAWOA looked for ways to improve the efforts to insure that the Army Warrant Officer heritage and history is properly maintained and presented to the public. It was concluded that the best way to do this is to create a separate foundation. During the summer of 2003, CW5 Franklin D. Meeks, then National President of the U. S. Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA), caused the Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation to be set up.
Why Was The Foundation Created
The USAWOA felt this action was necessary due to the USAWOA federal tax categorization. The Internal Revenue Service determined that USAWOA was a “Not for Profit, Social Welfare Organization.” The precise IRS categorization is “501 (c) (4).” This category was assigned to USAWOA in 1974.
501 (c) (3)
Therefore, we took action to establish a non-profit charitable organization to replace the “USAWOA Museum Fund” program. The Warrant Officers Historical Foundation will administer the fund. The IRS categorizes charitable organizations as “501 (c) (3)” and gifts to these organizations are fully (and generally unquestionably) tax-deductible.
USAWOA sought to clarify the “tax deductibility” question for present and potential financial donors. The 1972 IRS tax category designation letter for the Association clearly states that: “As a social welfare organization, contributions to you are not deductible by donors. You should advise your contributors to that effect.”
All Directors, Corporate Officers, and Volunteers serve without compensation.
The Warrant Officer Historical Foundation is organized, administered, and operated exclusively to receive, administer and expend funds as a public charity for among such other objectives and illustrative purposes only, and not by way of limitation, the following purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code as it may be amended from time to time:
Hall of Fame
The following articles highlight some of the most influential to the history and success of the Warrant Officer Corps.
CW4 (Ret) DONALD E. HESS
CW4 (Ret) DONALD E. HESS is one of the original founders of the United States Army Warrant Officer Association.
CW5 (Ret) David P. Welsh
Past USAWOA President 1988-1992, Founder, Incorporator, Registered Agent, President, Chief Operating Officer, Director and Webmaster of the Warrant Officer Historical Foundation 2003-2018