In March 2000, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service notified Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History that it has qualified for recognition as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education and research organization. As such, the Center is now available to seek grants from foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The ruling was effective retroactive to October 1999, when the Center's Board of Trustees filed incorporation papers with the State of South Carolina.

Executive director Bill Hilton Jr. works consistently to write grant proposals in support of the scientific and education initiatives of the Center. He also reminds individual donors that their in-kind and monetary gifts are fully deductible; individuals can ask that their financial donations go toward general operating expenses or be committed to specific activities such as Operation RubyThroat, the Northern Saw-whet Owl Project, Invasive Plant Control, or other initiatives of Hilton Pond Center.

For more information about making contributions to Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, see Funding & Support.

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