Can my FRG accept a donation and deposit it into our informal funds checking account?
Yes. The FRG may accept unconditional donations of $1000 or less into the FRG’s Informal Fund from an individual, business or private organization, after gaining approval from the unit commander and unit or garrison ethics counselor, IAW AR 1-100. The FRG informal fund account may not exceed $10,000 income per year, nor shall it exceed $10,000 balance at any time. Donations count towards these maximums. FRGs may not accept donations that exceed $1000. The Garrison Commander may accept donations, including those that exceed $1000 for the ACS supplemental mission account. The ethics counselor should be consulted before any donations are accepted.
Unit Commander stationed at Garrison “X” receives an offer from a local business, to make a $20,000 donation to support “local Army families”. May the Unit Commander accept the donation?
The unit Commander should inform the Garrison “X” Commander of the donation offer. The Garrison Commander may accept this donation meant for Family support, into the Garrison FRG supplemental mission activity, as provided by AR 608-1. The donations become nonappropriated funds (NAFs), and are accounted for using department code/sub-account, SA J9, so that FRG intended gifts/donations are accounted for separately from other supplemental mission uses. The Garrison Commander should request the garrison Judge Advocate’s office review the gift offer prior to acceptance.
Are the rules for the use of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) NAFs the same as for supplemental mission NAFs?
No. Supplemental mission NAFs are used for a different program and purpose than MWR NAFs. Therefore, the rules for the disbursement and use of SM NAFs are different for MWR NAFs.
I was told that FRG Supplemental Mission Activity donations must be shared equally with all FRGs on the garrison. Has that changed?
Yes. Garrison Commanders will coordinate distribution of donations to FRGs based upon need and donor intent. The donation does not have to be divided among all FRGs. For example, the garrison commander can choose, with the RDCs input, to divide the donation among FRGs with deployed Soldiers only or only to units that are planning reunion activities for redeploying Soldiers.
What use is authorized for FRG Supplemental Mission Activity use?
FRG Supplemental Mission Activity donations intended for Family support or FRG use are not Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) NAFs. These supplemental mission NAFs are managed separately under a different account code, and the rules regarding their expenditure are different then the rules for the expenditure of MWR NAFs. ACS supplemental mission NAFs intended for FRG or Family support may only be used to supplement the FRG mission activity. Commanders may use ACS supplemental mission donations intended for FRG use, for any purpose that the commander determines clearly supplements an established mission of the FRG. The use must be consistent with this regulation, AR 215-1, and DoDI 1015.15. The first priority in using these supplemental mission NAFs should be to encourage maximum attendance and participation at FRG meetings, such as by providing food and refreshments. Using supplemental mission donations to support a unit ball is an example of an unauthorized expenditure because it fails to supplement an established mission of the FRG. Commanders may not authorize the use of supplemental mission funds for any purpose that cannot withstand the test of public scrutiny or which could be deemed a misuse or waste of funds. Using supplemental mission donations to fund a lavish cruise to promote "cohesion" among FRG members is an example of an excessive and inappropriate use of supplemental mission NAFs.
Does supplemental mission donations given to an FRG count as income to the FRG Informal Fund?
No, these are two entirely separate pots of monies. Supplemental mission donations belong to the Army’s Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality. Informal “cup and flower” funds belong to the informal fund’s members. Therefore, Supplemental mission donations have no impact on the FRG informal fund income cap.
Several FRGs which receive support from the Garrison “X” ACS, have heard about a donation to the ACS supplemental mission account. The FRGs request permission to use the supplemental mission NAFs to provide transportation and tickets to a festival or amusement park. May they do so?
Possibly. Supplemental mission NAFs may be used for FRG social activities. To receive some of the donated funds, unit commanders must submit an approved purchase request which includes a brief description of the item(s) requested, total funds required, dates the items are needed, and vendor or source of the items to be purchased to the DFMWR for processing.
My mother wants to donate $100 to our FRG Informal Fund. Can we accept it?
Yes, as long as the FRG has not exceeded the $10,000 annual income cap. The FRG can accept donations of $1000 or less for its informal fund; however these donations count as income to the FRG.
A local car dealer wants to donate $2000 worth of products to the FRG to put into care packets that will be sent to the unit’s deployed Soldiers. Can the FRG accept the donation?
No. The unit can only accept money or tangible goods valued at $1000 or less. Donations valued at more than $1000 must be given to the Garrison Commander (after the donation has been approved by the Legal Ethics Counselor. However, the donation does not have to be shared with all FRGs - the Garrison Commander may decide what units receive the donated goods.
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