Private Organizations (POs) are self-sustaining, special interest groups set up by people acting exclusively outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the federal government. POs are not Federal entities and are not to be treated as such.
They are not a Non- Appropriated Fund (NAF) instrumentality, nor are they entitled to the sovereign amenities and privileges enjoyed by NAFIs or the Air Force.
They operate on Air Force installations with the written consent of the installation commander.
Unofficial activities/organizations are small groups of individuals, which are not required to be formally established as POs because their current assets (including cash, investments, inventory, and receivables) do not exceed a monthly average of $1,000 over a 3-month period. Examples of unofficial activities/organizations are unit coffee funds, flower funds, sunshine funds, and other small non-resale operations.
When an unofficial activity/organization’s current monthly assets (which include cash, inventories, receivables, and investments) exceed a monthly average of $1,000 over a 3-month period, the activity/organization MUST become a PO, discontinue on-base operations, or reduce its current assets.
AFI 34-223, Private Organization Program, is the governing policy for establishing POs and contains guidance on their operation. Compliance with this AFI is mandatory
*Referenced by the 2009 Private Organization Guide in compliance with AFI 34-223
The Installation Commander may authorize occasional sales for fund-raising purposes (may delegate approval authority to the Mission Support Group Commander or Services Commander/Division Chief), that the PO conducts directly, through a third party, or its media.
- For example, bake sales, dances, carnivals, car washes or similar functions
- “Occasional” is defined as not more than two (2) fund-raising events per calendar quarter
- See AFI 36-3101, Fund-raising within the Air Force, for fund-raising authority during the Combined Federal Campaign.
POs operating on AF installations are prohibited from engaging in any conduct, which has the effect of advertising for, making referrals to,or encouraging use of any commercial business concerns. The only exception to this policy is when a PO conducts an approved fund raising event through a third-party (e.g., the spouses’ club conducts an art sale as an approved fund-raiser and contracts with the art dealer (third party) to provide artwork to be sold.
To participate in the 2019 Air and Space show, All applications must be approved by 3 May 2019