Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Rule of Law Foundation
7. By providing information of fraud and illegal activities in relation to Chinese companies and individuals
to the Rule of Law Foundation, does a whistleblower get a financial reward from the Rule of Law Foundation?
- 1. What is the corporate nature of the Rule of Law Foundation?
Similar to many other charity organizations, the Rule of Law Foundation is a non-profit corporation set
up to comply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code §501 (c)(3). Since it is domiciled in New York State, it also exists under the supervision of the New York State Attorney General's office.
- 2. Are donations to the Rule of Law Foundation tax deductible?
The Rule of Law Foundation has properly applied to the IRS for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, which is currently pending. It is normal for this process to take quite a while – sometimes one or more years.
When we are approved, the tax exempt status will be retroactive back to the date of incorporation (the legal beginning of the organization). We will update this space, as more information becomes available.
- 3. What is the relationship between Miles Guo (Guo Wengui) and the Rule of Law Foundation?
Miles Guo was the founder of the organization; and he continues to be a donor, advisor, promotor and one of the speakers for the organization.
- 4. What is the relationship between Guo Media and the Rule of Law Foundation?
Guo Media is a donor to the Rule of Law Foundation. It is also a media platform that the organization uses to distribute information about itself.
- 5. Does a donor have the right to direct how his donations are used?
- A donor’s donation is unrestricted and may be used for any lawful purpose within the organization, unless donor specifically requests that it to be used for a specific (“restricted”) lawful purpose. In such case, the Board will review the request, and if it is not practical or possible, it may choose to:
1) Notify the donor that their donation restriction cannot work and must be unrestricted, and allow the donor to convert the donation to an unrestricted nature; or
2) Return, or not accept, the donation.
- 6. What is the procedure for reporting corruption and illegal activities in China and how long should I expect, before I receive a reply?
After receiving the information, we will review and submit it, along with a summary of its claims, to the Board of Directors for discussion and possible action at their next regularly scheduled meeting. The
Board of Directors will hold special meetings to discuss urgent cases.
Any person providing information to the Rule of Law Foundation may submit the relevant information to the following channels:
a) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
b) Send us the information via USPS, UPS, or FedEx to 445 Park Avenue, 9 th Floor, New York, NY 10022.
The Rule of Law Foundation does not provide individuals with financial rewards. However, there are several laws that provide whistleblowers with financial rewards when they submit information that helps the U.S. government recover funds from companies or individuals committing fraud. These laws
include the False Claims Act, the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program, the Securities Whistleblower Reward Program, and the Commodity Exchange Act Whistleblower Rewards.
8. What help can I get from the Rule of Law Foundation, if I provide sensitive information, which may expose corruption and illegal activities in China?
The Rule of Law Foundation will provide assistance to all whistleblowers in the investigation of the case and the reporting of the findings to the relevant government entities.
The organization may also provide support in other ways, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- personal and family members’ safety;
- cooperation with the relevant government entities;
- applications of political asylum;
- reimbursement of relevant expenses in relation to the whistleblowing; and
- applying to receive rewards from the government under the False Claims Act, the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program, the Securities Whistleblower Reward Program, and the Commodity Exchange Act Whistleblower Rewards.
9. How does the Rule of Law Foundation use donations?
The Rule of Law Foundation uses donations strictly in accordance with laws and regulations of the IRS and New York State. Donations are used in many ways to further the vision and mission of the organization, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- legal fees;
- expenses in relation to applications of political asylum;
- forensic accounting fees;
- investigation fees;
- education, conferences and seminars to promote the Rule of Law in China;
- media expenses;
- security expenses to protect the relevant whistleblowers and victims;
- administrative and operational expenses; and
- disbursements directly related to the purpose of the Rule of Law Foundation.
10. Are there minimum or maximum amounts that I can donate to the Rule of Law Foundation?
No, there are no minimum nor maximum amounts for donations. You may give what you wish.
11. How confidential is my information, when I make a donation? Will Rule of Law Foundation release donor information publicly?
Rule of Law Foundation keeps all donor information strictly confidential. It will only disclose information as required by law.
12. Do the Directors of the Rule of Law Foundation draw salaries?
No, the role of Director is charitable, as are the Officers of the Board. They don’t receive salaries for being Directors or Officers. They are reimbursed for actual expenses spent directly in relation to their role as the Director and/or Officer of the organization.
13. Will the donations be used for investments? How does the Rule of Law Foundation use the profits of investments? May donors share the profits of the investment returns?
Similar to other charitable organizations, the Rule of Law Foundation may make investments to preserve, expand and strengthen the organization’s financial position. All investments must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Profits on investments are used by the organization to further the vision and mission of the Rule of Law Foundation. Donors have no right to share any such profits.
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