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COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN NPR AND “MEAC”REPORT FROM VIVIAN SCHILLER REGARDING PHONE CONVERSATION WITH“IBRAHIM HALEM KASAAM”
From:
Vivian Schiller
Sent:
Thursday, March 03, 2011 1:25 PM
To:
Joyce Slocum; Betsy Liley; Debra Delman
Subject:
MEAC
 
I
 
spoke
 
to
 
Ibrahim.
 
He
 
says
 
they
 
ARE
 
a
 
501c3.
 
And
 
then
 
he
 
added…
 
“I
 
think”.
 
I
 
told
 
him
 
we
 
would
 
need
 
to
 
know
 
for
 
sure
 
AND
 
we
 
would
 
need
 
to
 
look
 
at
 
the
 
990
 
as
 
we
 
do
 
for
 
any
 
first
 
time
 
donor.
 
He
 
stressed
 
that
 
they
 
want
 
confidentially
 
and
 
I
 
told
 
him
 
what
 
Joyce
 
told
 
me
 
 
that
 
it
 
would
 
not
 
need
 
to
 
be
 
reported
 
in
 
the
 
public
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
990
 
but
 
it
 
would
 
need
 
to
 
be
 
reported
 
to
 
the
 
IRS,
 
including
 
the
 
name
 
of 
 
the
 
donating
 
institution.
 
He
 
had
 
questions
 
on
 
all
 
of 
 
the
 
above
 
which
 
I
 
said
 
I
 
simply
 
don’t
 
have
 
the
 
expertise
 
to
 
answer
 
but
 
that
 
one
 
of 
 
our
 
lawyers
 
could.
 
He
 
repeated
 
again
 
that
 
they
 
want
 
to
 
deliver
 
the
 
check.
 
I
 
said
 
that’s
 
very
 
generous
 
but
 
we
 
really
 
need
 
to
 
sort
 
out
 
these
 
issues
 
first.
 
He
 
said
 
is
 
there
 
a
 
problem
 
 
and
 
I
 
said
 
I
 
don’
 
know
 
till
 
we
 
can
 
see
 
the
 
990.
 
He
 
seemed
 
a
 
bit
 
worried
 
that
 
there
 
was
 
some
 
subtext
 
to
 
our
 
hesitation.
 
IN
 
closing
 
I
 
suggested
 
a
 
call
 
with
 
Joyce
 
and
 
either
 
him
 
or
 
their
 
lawyers
 
but
 
he
 
thinks
 
we
 
can
 
do
 
it
 
be
 
email.
 
He
 
will
 
email
 
me
 
and
 
we’ll
 
see
 
what
 
up.
 
We
 
should
 
have
 
a
 
discussion
 
about
 
this
 
gift
 
this
 
offline…
 
| Vivian Schiller | President & CEO |vschiller@npr.org| 202-513-2005
REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTATION FROM JOYCE SLOCUM TO “OMAR KASAAM”
From:
Joyce Slocum
Sent:
Friday, March 04, 2011 11:00 AM
To:
'okasaam@meactrust.org'
Cc:
Vivian Schiller; Betsy Liley; 'ihalemkasaam@meactrust.org'
Subject:
Contributing to NPR 
Dear Mr. Kasaam,We are very grateful for the kind consideration being given by the Muslim Education Action Center to agenerous gift to NPR. I'm sure you will understand that we need to verify certain information with respectto any organization that proposes to make a significant gift to NPR. In the case of an organization thatholds itself out as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax deductible, we needin particular to satisfy ourselves that the organization is in compliance with the applicable requirements ofthe Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), so as to ensure against any risk of being caught up in latercompliance activity. In most instances, we're able to verify this information without troubling the donororganization, by using publicly accessible information. Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate thenecessary information about the Muslim Education Action Center, and so we need to ask that you provideit.
 
The Muslim Education Action Center does not appear in IRS Publication 78, which lists all organizationswhich have received a 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS, and whose status as a tax exemptorganization has not been suspended or revoked. (Only churches are exempt from the requirement ofobtaining an IRS determination letter, though even many churches voluntarily do so.) Since the MuslimEducation Action Center does not appear in Publication 78, we need to ask for a copy of the IRSdetermination letter as to its 501(c)(3) status.Also, most tax exempt organizations are required to file an annual form 990 in order to maintain their taxexempt status. Failure to file for three consecutive years results in an automatic revocation of tax exemptstatus. Again, because such organizations are required to make their three most recently filed annual990 returns and all related supporting documents available for public inspection, we are usually able toobtain copies of these from the organization's own website, or if not there, from GuideStar or theFoundation Center. We have been unable to locate the 990's for the Muslim Education Action Centerthrough any of these sources, so need to ask that you also provide those for our review.I would very much appreciate receiving the requested items at your earliest convenience, so that I mightreview them and provide appropriate guidance to my client.Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or I may otherwise be of assistance.Best regards,Joyce D. Slocum
| Joyce D. Slocum | General Counsel & Sr. Vice President | jslocum@npr.org | Telephone: 202-513-2045 |Fax: 202-513-3021
 EXCHANGE BETWEEN VIVIAN SCHILLER AND “OMAR KASAAM”
From:
Vivian Schiller
Sent:
Saturday, March 05, 2011 6:32 PM
To:
'Omar Kasaam'; Lori Opiotennione
Cc:
Ibrahim Halem Kasaam; Raja Zogbhi
Subject:
RE: Contributing to NPR 
 
Dear Omar,Thank for your kind note and continued interest in NPR. Our GeneralCounsel, Joyce Slocum, has sent you a note under separate cover with a fewquestions. We look forward to hearing back from you.Kindest regards,Vivian
| Vivian Schiller | President & CEO |
| 202-513-2005
 
 
From:
Omar Kasaam [mailto:okasaam@meactrust.org]
Sent:
Thursday, March 03, 2011 3:31 PM
To:
Vivian Schiller; Lori Opiotennione
Cc:
Ibrahim Halem Kasaam; Raja Zogbhi
Subject:
Contributing to NPR 
 Dear Vivian,Ibrahim informed me about your conversation earlier. It sounds as though the concerns youraised regarding tax status are minor enough, though before sharing some of the informationyour representatives have been asking for, we will of course need your promise of confidentiality- perhaps you have already granted it to Ibrahim, but please confirm.On the other hand, information such as a list of our contributors is not possible I'm afraid -much the way NPR does not disclose its donors. If the interest in that information is a desire tosolicit from our donors, I can assure you that we are already doing our best to raise funds onyour behalf, and fund-raising on this issue has been quite fruitful for us given the ever risingspecter of Islamophobia in America. I am also quite confident it will only become easier.Based upon my experience and the confirmations of our legal counsel, none of this information islegally necessary from either an individual donor or an institution, but we will be happy tooblige on issues like tax status and 990's nonetheless.Please feel free to work with Raja to arrange a time to speak with me further, if you prefer it toemail - I'm told you have a time available tomorrow. It would be a great pleasure as NPR hasbecome a priority for the Trust, and we are more than eager to help NPR fight back against thesensationalized, ratings-driven corporate media and their relentless efforts to sew mistrust and xenophobia among America's citizens.I look forward to your prompt reply.Best Regards,Omar--Omar KasaamBoard of Trustees, Vice ChairmanMuslim Education Action Center TrustMuslim Education Action Center2100 M St NW Ste 170-319Washington, D.C. 20037(202) 579-9431

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