In a message dated 3/15/99 10:53:36 AM, dgries@... writes:
<< In reality, since the traveler has received value equivalent
for personal use, then the payment is not a contribution. >>
I believe this is usually determined by the sponsoring organization. For
instance, the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC has determined
what level of membership benefits represent a charitable donation beyond the
level of what contributors receive as value in newsletters, etc. As such, the
organization involved needs to be contacted for a written statement of what
level of value it considers travelers would receive. It may not be much but
it may not be zero, either.
Milton R. Goldsamt, Ph.D.
(not a CPA but someone with a working knowledge of itemized deductions from
some experience with them)