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Fundraising Policies


The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) will acknowledge and provide a donation tax receipt, within three business days for gifts made online, and within 30 days for gifts made by regular mail.


The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) is committed to respecting the privacy of donors. Our extensive privacy policy applies to our donors as well.

BHS collects the following types of information from donors:

  • contact information (name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.)
  • giving preferences
  • special requests for program information
  • information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

BHS will not share, sell or rent donor information of any sort with any third parties.

The IRS requires that we list contributions totaling $5,000 or more (in money or property) from any one contributor, on Schedule B of Form 990. The Public Disclosure Copy of Form 990, that is available for public viewing and in online sources such as GuideStar, redacts all personal contributor information and only lists total amount of contribution.

BHS uses donors’ information to understand their interests, to communicate with them, and to update them on our plans and activities. Donor information is shared with certain staff, board members, volunteers, and consultants only on a “need-to-know” basis. As a condition of employment, staff must comply with confidentiality guidelines in the Employee Handbook, with consequences of disciplinary action including termination.

From time to time, BHS may recognize donors in certain public-facing communications, including, but not limited to website, convention programs and publications. At the time of a gift, the donor will be given a choice whether and how to be listed.

If a donor chooses to direct a portion of a gift to a chapter or district, the donor can choose to have us share that information with the chapter or district.

For questions about donor privacy, please email or call 800-876-7464.


Copies of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s recent financial statements are available here.


The Barbershop Harmony Society is classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. You will receive this upon successful completion of your donation. Outside the U.S., your donation is not deductible, per local jurisdictions—but your generosity is still appreciated! In Canada, you may also wish to consider supporting the work of Sing Canada Harmony -

The Employer Identification Number /Tax ID number of the Barbershop Harmony Society is 39-0926339.

New in 2020 for U.S. Taxpayers

A 2020 gift to the Barbershop Harmony Society may be affected by the provisions of the CARES Act, possibly giving you a tax advantage.

Up to $300 in charitable donations to qualifying organizations - including the Barbershop Harmony Society - will be deductible for taxpayers who take the standard deduction and do not itemize deductions on their tax returns.

For taxpayers who itemize deductions, limits on charitable deductions have been suspended for 2020.

This information is for educational purposes and should not be considered legal, tax, or accounting advice. Please consult your tax adviser for specific advice regarding the tax-deductibility of charitable contributions.