In 2014, the Global Conservation Group will not have a 105(c)3 tax-exampt IRS status. The GCG is one of the only organizations that have made this decision, but they say it's for good reason.
Co-Founder and Vice President, Jordan W. Turner says "We realize that monetary contributions may slightly decline, however without a 501(c)3 status, we can influence the way people vote, which would have been illegal with a 501 status. Positively influencing votes by being able to discuss political issues with our members can drastically change the outcomes of elections; which in the end, will help animals and people."
What does this mean for GCG members or people who would like to donate? Not much. Those people will have to pay regular taxes on their donations, just like when you spend money at a store to purchase something. However, the organization will continue to act as a 501(c)3 non-profit by continuing to spend 100% of its money towards their mission of helping animals and people.