Elysian Fields Archive is now a 501(c)(7) organization (with a new logo!!!)

Elysian Fields Archive is now a 501(c)(7) organization.

This year, Elysian Fields Archive applied for status as a 501(c)(7) organization. We’re pleased to announce that as of October 21, we are officially registered as a not-for-profit. 

Why now?

In 2021, the site administrators received word that owing to changing tax codes, any donations received by Elysian Fields would be reported to the United States government as earned income by the person whose name and identifying information were associated with our PayPal account. This would put that admin at a severe disadvantage and require them to pay taxes on money that belonged to the archive as though it had gone into their personal bank account.

One of the reasons we suspended donations in 2022 was to avoid any of the administrators being taxed for donations that went to support the archive. Admittedly, it took longer than we thought it would to get our ducks in a row—if you remember, last year was one of change and challenges. Several planned behind-the-scenes initiatives were placed on hold as we settled. Earlier this year, we returned to this initiative as the most important, and officially dove into the paperwork and legalese of applying for not-for-profit status.

What is a 501(c)(7)?

A 501(c)(7) is a nonprofit social club organized for “pleasure, recreation, and other similar purposes.” We do differ from most traditional 501(c)(7) organizations in several ways, the key factor being that we do not (and will never) require annual dues by members, nor is donation to the organization in any way compulsory. Elysian Fields only began accepting donations after multiple members made it clear that they wanted to contribute to the site. We are enormously thankful for donations but do not expect them.

Are donations to Elysian Fields tax-deductible now?

Unfortunately, no. Under IRC Section 107(C)(2), any donations made to Elysian Fields do not qualify as tax deductible. We are a recreational group rather than a charitable organization.

But I can donate if I want to?


Anything else?

Not at this time, but if we learn something, we’ll let you know.

We would like to thank all the members who have donated over the years for your support and assistance in keeping our wonderful community going. And all of our current members for being part of the reason we love spending time here.

And while we have nothing else right now on our new not-for-profit status, we are extremely pleased to announce that for the first time in our 17-year history, Elysian Fields has an official logo. We're still exploring ways to incorporate the logo on the site itself, as well as other applications, but if you follow us on our various social media platforms, you're sure to see it. It was designed for us by the endlessly talented bewildered. These are just a few of the variations.

It's certainly been an exciting anniversary month!


--Holly and the Mods on October 22, 2023 01:53pm 8 Comments


-- cathainsheart on October 22, 2023 03:16pm

Congrats on getting that tax stuff all sorted out! And on the amazing logo!

-- slaymesoftly on October 22, 2023 04:42pm

Love the logo!! heart

-- disco-tea on October 22, 2023 05:10pm

Congratulations! Love the Logo! 

-- all choseny on October 23, 2023 11:56am

Love the new logo, and yay for sorting the accounting Bs! Although I would submit you are performing a charitable service that helps MY mental health. ?♥??

-- HappyWhenItRains on October 23, 2023 07:57pm


I'm from Germany. Sorry for my bad English. The logo will now appear in the tab of the opened page. Can the color be changed? Blue or colorless would be a much better choice. The red is extremely intrusive and is very distracting when reading. Otherwise, thank you for Elysian Fields.


-- Buffysara on October 25, 2023 10:56am

@Buffysara - We will take that experience into consideration. heart

-- Holly on October 26, 2023 11:16am

Congrats on the new tax status and the new logo.  Thanks to all our awesome mods for all their work. 

-- nmcil on November 06, 2023 03:36pm