Legal and Financial Status of the Society
The Philomathean Society is a student group of the University of Pennsylvania, a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit charity. The alumni of the Society are members of the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania Incorporated, an independent corporation with its own 501(c)(3) charitable status.
This dual structure arises from the Society’s great age (predating the modern consolidated student life structure at Penn by nearly 150 years) as well as arrangements established by the Society’s alumni in 1963 to better support the Society’s mission consistent with Pennsylvania charitable trust law. Accordingly, the Society’s alumni work through a supporting charitable Philomathean Endowment Trust, which uses this website to solicit donations. This Trust is a supporting organisation to the Society’s corporation and is also, consequently, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity.
The student society complies with the University’s regulations regarding student groups and is separate from the supporting (alumni) corporation and Trust. All google checkout and other merchant systems are, unless otherwise stated, linked to the supporting charitable corporation and not the student society. For more details, please contact the Moderator.
The Society strives to maintain an accurate list of its members. It also collects the contact details of those who register for particular events, those who subscribe to our newsletters, and other individuals who can be persuaded to tell us their email addresses.
These details are not and will not be shared with anyone outside the Society, or used by the Society or anyone within the Society for any purpose other than promoting bona fide Society events and happenings. All members may upon request to the Moderator remove themselves from our contact list or, following the procedures of the Society, resign from membership.
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