Private Organizations (PO) are self-sustaining, special interest groups set up by people acting exclusively outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the federal government. All POs are non federal entities and are to be treated as such. They operate on Air Force installations with the written consent from the installation commander.
POs must furnish their own equipment, supplies and other materials. All requests for fundraisers must be submitted to Ami Means four weeks prior to the fundraising event. Please remember NOT to use the DoD insignia or Wing letterhead for your organizations correspondence. POs are allowed two fundraisers per quarter, no exceptions. They must have liability insurance or request a waiver from the installation commander. The absence of liability insurance places all of the POs member's personal assets immediately at risk in the event of PO liability. POs are responsible to acquire tax exempt status from the IRS and NE State Tax Office (if applicable).
Key Items to Note
The governing AFI is AFI 34-223, Private Organizations. It is extremely specific that "POs are not federal entities and are not to be treated as such nor are they entitled to the sovereign immunities and privileges given to NAFIs or the Air Force."
POs operate under approval of the installation commander (delegated to the MSG/CC) when it is determined they will make a positive contribution to the quality of life of base personnel and the interests of the Air Force are protected.
All PO fund raising activities on the base must be approved through legal and coordinated with our Resource Management personnel and approved by the FSS/CC (as delegated).
The following orgs are not POs: Scouting organizations, American Red Cross, USO, Credit Unions, and Banks -- they are governed by DoD Directives and Instructions
POs may not sell or serve alcoholic beverages
POs must furnish their own equipment, supplies, and other materials
POs are not authorized APF or NAF support unless specifically identified in AFI 34-223 - support of this nature is rare.
POs may be provided places to conduct meetings of reasonable duration and frequency providing they don't impede the mission
If a PO approaches any FSS facility or section to host an event, this request must be up-channeled to the 55 FSS/CC for approval.