In the early 1980s, the Institute of Food Technologists embarked on expansion of its Public Information Program. This new and innovative strategic direction engendered what was to become IFT’s Office of Scientific and Public Affairs (OSPA).

To generate supplemental funding for initiating OSPA, IFT needed to solicit contributions from its members and corporations. Potential donors were eligible to receive a tax deduction for contributions by virtue of IFT’s 501(c) (3) tax status. However, associa…

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