ORGANIZING YOUR CLUB AS AN IJA CHAPTER
The International Jugglers’ Association’s Mission is:
• To educate and render assistance to fellow jugglers.
• To provide an accessible source of information pertaining to juggling to jugglers
and the public.
• To record and maintain the history of juggling.
It is important that your group’s activities and goals closely emulate those of the IJA. The
IRS does not exempt “social clubs”. Anything that you do that could be termed of purely
social benefit should be able to be deemed an “insubstantial” part of your activities, and
when conducting your activities, try to find a way to center them around the IJA’s
educational or charitable goals.
Here are some examples of things that you can do, which are within the scope of the
IJA’s mission statement:
• Fundraisers (whether for the IJA, your group, or some other charitable organization)
• Public Education (informational booths at community events, presentations at schools,
demonstrations, festivals, etc.)
• Regular meetings (you may schedule skill-building activities and games, informational
guest speakers, etc.)
• Group Outings (these can be included if you are performing some beneficial function in
conjunction with the activity)
• Community Service (performing or teaching juggling to enhance community events and
fundraisers, particularly in the context of offering support, guidance and encouragement
to individuals wishing to learn or enhance juggling and related skills and activities).
Occasionally, you may find yourself wanting to schedule a field trip or outing that is
purely for the enjoyment of the members. As long as this occurrence is insubstantial, the
IRS doesn’t have a problem with it. However, you can make almost everything you do
come under one of the categories of our mission statement if you can provide some
beneficial educational aspect.
As long as you keep these things in mind, you should be fine. Remember when you are
creating member recruitment materials or ad