Museum Foundation Statement Concerning Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status

On 25 October 2022, the MCRD Museum Foundation received notice of an automatic revocation of its tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service because of the failure to file a Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) for three consecutive years. This means, among other things, that the Museum Foundation is no longer eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.

The Museum Foundation is a self-sustaining, nonprofit, non-federal entity that supports the mission accomplishment of the MCRD Command Museum. Transparency is at the heart of everything we do and fundamentally important to the Museum Foundation’s operations and communications.

The Museum Foundation uses the services of a Certified Public Accountant Firm to complete annual audits and Form 990 filing requirements. Delays in completing both requirements began in 2020, due to an investigation into financial transactions by a former Museum Foundation employee.

Museum Foundation corrective actions include, among others, a forensic examination to determine why the Form 990 filing requirement went unfiled. Furthermore, the Museum Foundation is taking immediate steps to file the Form 990s for the last three years. Finally, the Museum Foundation is applying to have its tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated to the date of revocation. If the Internal Revenue Service approves, then the Museum Foundation resumes its eligibility to receive tax deductible donations.

The Museum Foundation remains confident the Internal Revenue Service will retroactively reinstate our tax-exempt status once provided with a full explanation, to include our implementation of corrective measures to ensure timely filing compliance going forward. The Museum Foundation will announce the results of our forensic investigation (subject to individual privacy concerns) and the findings of the Internal Revenue Service when received.

In the meantime, the Museum Foundation will individually communicate with those donors that the revocation of tax-exempt status may impact, to include discussing with them the Museum Foundation’s willingness to return their respective donations.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Museum Foundation works diligently to resolve this unfortunate error.

S DealSarah is an accomplished fixed wing and rotary wing aviator.  Before graduating from Kent State University in 1992 with a major in Aerospace Flight Technology, Sarah had already earned her Private and Commercial Pilot Licenses along with her Instrument, Multi-engine and Certified Flight Instructor ratings. 

Sarah’s love for aviation was rivaled by her desire to be a Marine.  In 1991, Sarah joined the Marine Corps and completed Officer Candidates School — notwithstanding the fact that at that time women were not permitted to serve as Marine Corps aviators.  In early 1993, the Secretary of Defense announced that women would be permitted to fly combat roles.  Soon thereafter, Sarah was competitively selected for flight school.  On 21 April 1995, then First Lieutenant Sarah Deal was winged as a Naval Aviator, thereby becoming the First Female Marine Corps Aviator.

Sarah’s 28-year military career in both the active and reserve components included multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as two deployments to Okinawa, Japan.  Sarah chose helicopters in flight school and flew the CH-53E Super Sea Stallion.  Sarah’s service includes key leadership billets with: multiple aviation squadrons and Marine Air Groups; Marine Corps Recruiting Command; The Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, Fleet Aviation Specialized Operations Training Group Pacific; the MCAS Miramar Air Show; Marine Forces Pacific; and, NATO ISAF Headquarters in Afghanistan.  

Sarah’s volunteer service includes work with the American Youth Soccer Organization and leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America.  Her experience includes working with Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts in Afghanistan.  

Sarah is married to Philip Burrow, a retired U.S. Navy Officer and F-14 pilot.  They have three sons: one a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; another son is attending college in San Diego as well as enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve; and, their youngest will be finishing high school soon.

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MCRD Museum Education Program

The MCRD Museum offers free tours, classes, and curricula.  Staff can also travel to local schools and classrooms.  Explore our free programming...

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MCRD Museum Reference Center

Photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more are in the MCRD Museum Reference Center. No cost!  Access by appointment.  Explore our Reference Center materials...

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On December 3rd the Museum will be having a Christmas event. RSVP by clicking the button below.

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This form is only for those who are 18 and older and who do not already have base access. Those who may already have access include people who have active duty/reserve ID cards, 100% disabled ID cards, Dependent, Retired, or Retired Dependent ID cards,  DOD civilian employee ID, or VA health ID that says 'service connected' and has already been registered at MCRD's Pass and ID office (the VA cards registered at other bases don't apply).

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Join the Support Regiment

The MCRD Museum Foundation depends upon membership fees, grants, and donations to conduct its business of supporting the MCRD Command Museum, the Marines and Sailors of MCRD, San Diego, and the Western Recruiting Region.

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Sponsors & Donors

The MCRD Museum Foundation established a Sponsors and Donors Wall to honor and recognize Marines and organizations, especially those with a connection to MCRD San Diego, and recognizes donors and supporters at various levels of giving.

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Our Impact
 

Over the past 8 years the MCRD Museum Foundation has contributed over 1 million dollars to the Command Museum. We've recently announced a number of new Museum programs and technological upgrades.

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Veteran Outreach & Increased
Community Engagement

VOICE is the MCRD Command Museum's latest program supported by the Foundation, which is aimed at bringing together Marines, veterans, and the community together at a familiar place, the Depot where Marines are born.

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MCRD Museum Foundation
Building 26 Post Office Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085

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