We are the unusual organization that is more interested in your good judgment
than your money. That's why we have no required membership fee. Nevertheless,
as a non-profit organization, your voluntary donations are vital in our work
to put practical solutions ahead of special interest and partisan politics.
In our first three years of existence, we have raised just under $18,000 in
member donations. The vast majority of that has gone to developing and maintaining
the website. Except for limited administrative assistance, all the work that
is done for The Common Interest, including the work of Keith Allred and the
board members, is done without pay. With a recently completed upgrade for the
website, most donation dollars going forward will be spent on spreading the
word to build membership.
We believe few organizations have a track record for accomplishing so much
with financial resources that are so meager. When we go up against far better
funded special interests, we usually prevail. Your donations go along way with
Contributions that you make go to The Common Interest, Inc., the non-profit
legal entity responsible for developing our issues briefs. We're are currently
seeking IRS 501(c)(3) status for this organization. While we're already a non-profit
and do not have to pay taxes, donations are not tax deductable until and unless
we are designated as a 501(c)(3). (The Common Interest of Idaho, Inc. is the
legal entity responsible for advocating positions in the Legislature. It is
a 501(c)(4) non-profit. It's work is done excusively by unpaid volunteers.)
Since one of our major goals is to reduce the influence of special interests,
we want to be particularly careful that we are not influenced by them ourselves.
Accordingly, we are voluntarily limiting contributions to a maximum of $250
per year. Contributions are accepted by individuals only.