The Iranian Association of Rochester was registered as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and has been open to the public since 1991. It also received federal tax-exempt status from the IRS under IRC 501 (c) (3) in 1994, and this status was reaffirmed by the IRS on August 20, 2015. All past and future donations to IAR remain tax deductable by the donors, to the extent permitted by tax laws.
IAR promotes the rich and varied Iranian culture, its colorful art forms and traditions, the elegant Farsi language, literature and music. Its events are open to the interested public.
IAR does not have any paid officers or employees, and relies solely on the efforts of volunteers to carry out its mission. Its funds come from membership fees and donations plus admission fees for some of its functions which are generally self supporting. IAR does not distribute its surplus funds to anyone, and it has no owners or shareholders.
By its charter, IAR is non-political and non-religious, does not discriminate on any basis, racial or national origin, etc., and welcomes anyone who is interested in its goals as stated in its Constitution. Details about IAR constitution, revised in 1993, can be viewed via the following link: