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CN Advisory: High Concern

Search and Rescue Charities

P.O. Box 1611 Tacoma, WA 98401

EIN: 94-3116195

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On December 26, 2017, The Washington State Office of the Attorney General reported on the findings of their investigation of Search and Rescue Charities in a press statement titled, "AG FERGUSON FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST FAMILY FOR POCKETING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DONATIONS MEANT FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN." For this reason, we have issued a High Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Washington State Office of the Attorney General press statement.

  • On November 30, 2018, The Washington State Office of the Attorney General issued a press release titled, "COURT RULES WASHINGTON FAMILY BROKE LAW BY USING CHARITIES TO DECEIVE DONORS." For more information, please see The Washington State Office of the Attorney General press release.

  • On May 24, 2019, The Washington State Office of the Attorney General published a press release titled, "AG LAWSUIT LEADS TO LIFETIME BAN FOR FAMILY WHO USED CHARITIES TO DECEIVE WASHINGTONIANS." For more information, please see The Washington State Office of the Attorney General press release.


The concerns raised about illegal activity, improper conduct, or organizational mismanagement are serious both in nature and scope and have thus warranted this CN Advisory. We have published this advisory to provide donors with content that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 94-3116195
Name in IRS Master File SEARCH AND RESCUE CHARITIES
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Civic League
Subsection 501(c)(4)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status All organizations except 501(c)(3)
Deductibility Contributions are not deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

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Charity Contact Info

Search and Rescue Charities
P.O. Box 1611
Tacoma, WA 98401
EIN: 94-3116195


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