Is The First Church of Penguinism Tax Exempt?

No. There is often some confusion about taxation of religious organizations. An organization is tax exempt, if it qualifies as a 501(c)(3) charity, regardless of its religiosity. Therefore a religious institution is not necessarily tax exempt. That being said, because it isn’t necessary to actually be a religious organization, it is possible that in the future, we will apply for tax exempt status, if we decide to fully dedicate resources to charitable causes.

Alternatively, we may seek Public Benefit Corp status, which is a new type of corporation where the primary focus is on a mission for the benefit of the public, rather than profit or wealth maximization of the shareholders. Our mission is along the lines of “the promotion of open science, secularism, and a peaceful relationship between science and religion.”