Is SARA incorporated as a nonprofit
SARA was incorporated in the state of Alabama
in 1987 as a non-profit
corporation. This status allows
SARA to receive grants and donations with
a taxable deduction available to the donor.
Our non-profit tax identification number
is 2479834. Determining what is a
deduction for SARA purposes is the responsibility
of you, the taxpayer, and
your tax advisor.
What other services are provided to
SARA maintains a file of technical project
information which is available to
members for the cost of duplication and
mailing. The society also sponsors
annual seminars, which are held at professional
The first was hosted by Dr. John Kraus
and Dr. Robert Dixon at the Big Ear
radio observatory telescope in Delaware,
Ohio. Recent conferences have been
held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
in Greenbank, West Virginia.
At this facility, SARA members have been
extended the same courtesies given
the professionals in the use of lodging
and dining facilities. In addition
to the opportunity to learn, members also
enjoy the friendship and
camaraderie of other members.
SARA also recognizes outstanding work each
year with an awards program.
If you would like to reprint a flier about
SARA, it is available below in
Acrobat (.pdf) format:
Is SARA an organization of only professionals?
At our annual seminars, academic titles
are disregarded and everyone is on a
first name basis. Many of our members
have become good friends through
their common interest.
Does SARA have any professional guidance?
Many famous names in radio astronomy are
associated with SARA, either as
technical advisors, honorary, sustaining,
or regular members.
Where does the annual dues money go?
SARA spends about seventy five percent
of its assets in the preparation and
mailing of its monthly journal.
The Journal format breaks down to about one
third newsletter, one third "how to" information
and one third
observational and development papers written
by its members.
The remainder of its assets are spent
in promoting excellence in the work
through awards and honorariums.