Frequently Asked SCMA Questions
What is the difference between the SCMA and NTIF
The SCMA is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Texas in 1984 and headquartered in Dallas, TX. The NTIF is an annual Irish and Celtic festival produced and presented by the SCMA to raise funds and awareness for the SCMA.
Are SCMA contributions tax deductible
Yes. Since the SCMA is a 501(c)(3) all donations are tax deductible. Membership fees are tax deductible less the value of benefits, such as the Ceili (valued at $1 per issue).
Who or what are the Irish Americans
The Irish American Society (IAS) is an social and philanthropic organization based in Dallas. They were one of the initial sponsors of the North Texas Irish Festival and currently organize fundraisers for the Texas Rose. Their website is www.IASDALLAS.com
Who benefits from the Irish Festival
You do! Due to the increasing costs of producing a high quality event such as the North aTexas Irish Festival our profits are very limited and are used to promote the SCMA mission of supporting Celitic music and dance. After our routine expenses, such as the Ceili publication, our general office expenses, insurance and membership mailings, we provide sponsorship to activities such as the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp and the North Texas School of Irish Music.
Does the SCMA publish financial data
Yes, as a non-profit corporation, the SCMA is required to file an annual report to the IRS. This is known as a Form 990, tax return of organization exempt from income tax. This is a public document and can be accessed from a number of organizations that track non-profit groups or by request in writing to the Treasurer, SCMA at the corporate offices.
Additionally any member of the SCMA may attend any of the monthly Board Meetings and obtain a copy of the monthly financial report from the Treasurer and request additional information as needed.