Friends of Muir Valley is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed for the purpose of supporting Muir Valley, a world-class climbing destination in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and to help insure that it remains open to the public. Our commitments, as established in our bylaws, include the following:
● Provide volunteer support for restoration, maintenance and development projects.
● Educate and inform the climbing community on issues such as "leave no trace" (LNT) ethics, resource protection, climber safety, and stewardship philosophy.
● Coordinate efforts concerning rock climbing at Muir Valley with the Access Fund, Muir Valley LLC (Landowners Rick and Liz Weber), and other organizations.
● Foster, expand, and perpetuate the sports of hiking and rock climbing, and the study of nature, such as bird watching, EarthCaching, practicing nature photography, and identifying flora and fauna.
● Reduce impact and rehabilitate high-use areas at Muir Valley.
● Provide for construction and maintenance of infrastructure, such as trails and facilities used by the public.
The Webers' generosity and hard work, and the continuing efforts of volunteers, have made Muir Valley a place we can all enjoy. Large amounts of labor and dollars are needed for the ongoing maintenance of roads, bridges, toilets, parking lots and other amenities. Mowing, erosion control, rescue operations, and many other amenities are only possible with ongoing funding and volunteers' time. Your contribution will help to ensure that Muir Valley remains accessible now and in the future.
Friends of Muir Valley is a nonpartisan group that any climber or visitor to Muir Valley can be a part of. We currently do not have formal membership. Participation in FOMV consists of volunteering time, expertise, money and other resources to the tasks at hand. For more information on how to get involved, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.
THANK YOU to all who came out for the 2013 Trail Day/Adopt a Crag!
BIG NEWS!! FOMV's longstanding application for 501(c)3 status was approved, and we are now officially recognized as a non-profit charitable organization!
Our 501(c)3 status has important implications for donors:
Some employers match employees' donations to non-profit charitable organizations. If you made a contribution to FOMV this year and your employer matches, please give them documentation of your contribution.
If you made a donation this year to FOMV and you itemize your tax deductions, your donation to FOMV can be deducted. See the IRS website for details.
Donations to FOMV made on or after September 20, 2011 (the date of our incorporation as a non-profit) are tax deductible. An amended Federal return can be filed to claim past charitable deductions. Amended State tax returns can be filed in many cases. Check with you tax adviser if you have questions.
If you traveled to participate in Trail Day or to volunteer in another capacity for FOMV this year, you can deduct documented out-of-pocket expenses on your itemized return. Also, the 2013 allowance for travel expenses is $0.14 per mile.
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