Color Bearer Tax Deductions


Dear Color Bearers,

We often receive questions regarding which benefits are not tax deductible. Please know that if you do not attend any Color Bearer events, your full donation is tax deductible.​

The Trust is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our federal ID number is 54-1426643. 

Event Attendees

If you attended events that are benefits of your membership level, below is a breakdown of your tax deductible donation.

2021 Color Bearers

No in-person Color Bearer events were held in 2021 

2022 Color Bearers

Here is the breakdown by event: 

  • Donor Thank You Weekend, $150/person attending is not tax deductible. 

  • Annual Conference, $130/person attending is not tax deductible. 

  • Grand Review, $225/person attending is not tax deductible. 

  • If you are Division and higher and attended the annual conference at no charge, $595/person who attends is not tax deductible. 

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Donors

Please note that if you made your Color Bearer membership donation through your IRA QCD (qualified charitable distribution), IRS rules prohibit you from taking a tax deduction for your gift or receiving any membership benefits. If you plan to attend an event, please make a separate, additional contribution to cover the value of the event, as detailed above.  

Need Help?

If you have any questions, please contact Lee Bruch ( or 202-367-1861, ext. 7228). Thank you for your generosity!