USAAAO is registered with the Secretary of State (SOS) & the Franchise Tax Board(FTB), and we are subject to paying taxes. We use the bulk of the registration fee for taxes, and the rest is saved for emergency situations.  We are in the process of obtaining the 501c3 status as a not-for-profit. In the meantime, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (a not-for-profit, link  )  is helping us with our fundraising campaign. We run the fundraising campaign every year in an attempt to reimburse the travel cost of the team leaders and students ( and the cost of running the training camp in the years when it is organized).