The Maryland American Turkish Association (MATA), Inc., was founded in 1964; and was incorporated in the State of Maryland, in 1967, as a 501(c)(3) compliant, not for profit, charitable, cultural, and educational organization, dedicated to furthering Turkish-American relations in Maryland. MATA is a local public charity (PC), whose goal is to convey a sense of community to those individuals of Turkish-American heritage and those individuals interested in Turkish culture and issues.
Contributions to MATA, Inc. are deductible as charitable contributions, on the donor's federal income tax return, pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
The exempt purposes set forth in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.