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In Sri Lanka – an ILGA member organisation

in SRI LANKA, 11/01/2005

To assist with the relief and rebuilding programs in Sri Lanka, one of the worst affected countries in Asia, ILGA has set up a special account to facilitate donations to EQUAL GROUND

EQUAL GROUND has been assisting with disaster relief in Sri Lanka since the very first day and works closely with a consortium of NGO’s sending relief to the East coast of the island – an area that is completely and utterly devastated by the Tsunami.

It is hoped that the assistance and involvement of EQUAL GROUND in the relief and rehabilitation process will send a clear message to the people of Sri Lanka that it is a future without difference and without prejudice that is envisioned for the country, where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexes, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities work together to rebuild the nation.

Although EQUAL GROUND is primarily a LGBTIQ organization it is reaching out to all persons regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or social background. EG will be also contributing to affected LGBTIQ pesons who seek assistance.

Please send your contributions to:

Bank: Fortis Bank
Address: avenue Paul De Jaer, 2; B-1060 Brussels; Belgium Account name: ILGA Equal Ground

Contributions within Belgium
Account number: 001-4478017-88

Contributions from outside Belgium
IBAN BE56001447801788

Credit card donations can be made through the ILGA website. Please specify that it is for EQUAL GROUND.

NB USA: Taxpayers who itemize may claim charitable contribution deductions for donations made during January 2005 to organizations helping the victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on their 2004 federal income tax returns. While contributions to foreign organizations are generally not deductible, under P.L. 109-1, enacted on January 7, 2005, donations to help tsunami victims made before February 1, 2005, may be deducted on a taxpayer's 2004 or 2005 return. The new law applies only to cash contributions made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the December 26, 2004, tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Donors should note on their checks that it is a contribution to help tsunami victims.

Taxpayers are advised to be sure their contributions go to qualified charities. Taxpayers who have a specific charity in mind can make sure that it is a qualified charity by doing a search on the IRS's website, www. irs.gov. In addition, some organizations, such as churches or governments, may be qualified, even though they are not listed on the website. Information about groups involved in tsunami relief can be found on the USAID website, www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/tsunami/ngolist, or the USA Freedom Corps website, www.usafreedomcorps.gov.

Further information can be found in IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, which provides information on making contributions to charities, and IRS Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations, which explains how the public can use charitable organizations to help victims of disasters, and how new organizations can obtain tax-exempt status.
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