Just another "educational" experience courtesy of a "non-profit" organization catering to cougars and their younger prey.
An “educational non-profit organization” that caters to the ‘cougar’ lifestyle claims it had to cancel an upcoming singles getaway because a major U.S. cruise line allegedly discriminates against older women who prey on younger men. Keep reading, because it gets even more bizarre.
The Society of Single Professionals complains that, despite the “tremendous success of the world’s first International Cougar Cruise” aboard Carnival Cruise Lines in December 2009, the ‘Fun Ship’ will not allow itself to become the ‘Love Boat’ again in 2010 or beyond. Rich Gosse, chairman of the organization, elaborates:
While it is perfectly acceptable for middle-aged men to date women their daughter’s age, women don’t have the same privilege. After the tremendous success of the world’s first International Cougar Cruise, December 2009, aboard Carnival, we were shocked that they refused to allow another. If there had been problems on the first Cougar Cruise we would understand being banned. But hundreds of our cougars and cubs onboard were well-behaved, and there were absolutely no problems. We expect the same will be true with the European Cougar Cruise.
Cougars awaiting their prey.
Stepping-up to the plate and welcoming hundreds of sex-crazed cougars and their so-called ‘cubs’ aboard is Royal Caribbean International. The “Liberty of the Seas” ship will depart from Barcelona, Spain, and help the intergenerational couples make love connections or whatever ‘floats their boats’ across Europe from April 16-21 in 2011.
An “educational non-profit organization?” How the heck did they pull that off with the IRS and State of California?
It sure is amazing how a glorified sex tour operator that also proclaims itself to be “an alternative to the bar scene” is proudly advertising its “nonprofit” tax status. The NSLF searched Guidestar.org’s “broad and deep” database of non-profit organizations to verify the organization’s “non-profit” status and could not locate any results to support the claim:
Society of Single Professionals is a division of American Singles Education, Inc., incorporated in the State of California in 1978 as an educational non-profit organization. We are the world’s largest non-profit singles organization, sponsoring thousands of educational and social events for singles worldwide, on six continents.
If you’re wondering what passes for an “educational” experience worthy of tax-exempt status, perhaps the itinerary for the April 2011 cruise will give you a good idea (or not):
Our days at sea will have an array of activities offered by the cruise ship and by our social host along to bring the group together. So you’ll have non-stop activities or you can just sit back and socialize with a cool drink, relax in one of the many pools or jacuzzis or enjoy a tantalizing host of other on board services. Workout in the fitness center and pamper yourself in the spa! Watch the sun set over the sea as you stroll the decks of our floating resort and then enjoy incredible gourmet meals, lavish nightly shows and the chance to dance the night away with great new friends.
According to the State of California’s requirements for organizations seeking to incorporate as “domestic non-profit corporations,” the petitioner must prove it provides a “public benefit,” “mutual benefit” or “religious” purpose. “Unless otherwise required by law, any deviation from the required purpose statement can be cause for rejection,” the Calif. Secretary of State’s “Corporate Filing Tips” webpage states.
We’re not tax attorneys, but we do know that this cougar-centric organization serves no religious purpose. Here’s how the Secretary of State defines “public benefit” and “mutual benefit” requirements:
Public Benefit – This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for (public or charitable [insert one or both]) purposes.
Mutual Benefit – This corporation is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law. The purpose of this corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity, other than credit union business, for which a corporation may be organized under such law.
Something sounds fishy about American Singles Education, Inc.’s so-called “non-profit” status qualifications. Despite widespread media coverage of this organization and its sexually-charged activities, not a single journalist has ever raised the issue of how this organization can claim itself to be an “educational non-profit organization” meriting tax exempt status.