Financial information, volunteer time contribution and other information


Financial information

Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. (TFAO)


Through the generosity of time and talent on the part of hundreds of volunteers, TFAO's avoidance of paid staff, and other efficiencies, TFAO is able to operate with negligible financial resources. TFAO is 100% non-commercial, is funded solely by donations and receives no government support.

For historical financial and governance information, you may view online the State of Arizona Corporation Commission Corporation Annual Report & Certificate of Disclosure for TFAO for each year by clicking here, then clicking on "Corporate Records," and then "Corporations Annual Reports by Name." You may either enter File Number 1088188-7 or Traditional Fine arts Organization to view the annual reports. Please note that no statement of financial condition is required. This is because of legislation enacted exempting nonprofit corporations of a specified class which includes TFAO.

The Federal Identification Number for TFAO is 14-1892264


Assets and liabilities

Assets, as of December 31, 2018 were $1,272, consisting 100% of cash for day-to-day operations. A promised gift for the following calendar year will provide sufficient cash for continuing operations. Such gifts have been provided to TFAO since its inception and it is anticipated that they will be provided indefinitely. TFAO possesses no office equipment, furniture, or other assets of significant value. Current liabilities, including pending bills related to internet and phone service, plus other incidental expenses as of December 31, 2017 were less than $100. TFAO has no long-term liabilities.

The TFAO website has negligible income-producing value because TFAO has assured sources of published texts and images that the site will not be used for income producing purposes such as offsite sale of contents, charges to any type of viewer for access to content on pages within its site, and acceptance of paid advertising on its pages containing content provided by outside parties. Pages containing content provided by outside parties, with copyright to that content held by those outside parties, equal nearly 100% of TFAO's Web pages. TFAO's promise of non-commercial use of its website is one of the main reasons the sources have allowed TFAO to publish their copyrighted materials. Attempting to have financial gain from the contents of the site would amount to a betrayal of the trust of the hundreds of sources that have provided texts and images to TFAO over the years.


Typical annual income and expenses

Since its inception in 2003, TFAO has provided all of its services without charge. TFAO has always relied 100% on donations for its revenue and is completely noncommercial. Donors receive no tangible benefits from their gifts. No business activities are conducted. No sales are made of any goods or services.

TFAO had an annual budget in prior years larger than at present, mainly due to expenditures to: introduce itself to future sources of site content, establish audience awareness and credibility, evolve more efficient methods of operation, build a larger volume of scholarly texts, and provide modest financial assistance to other non-profit organizations. Now that TFAO is firmly established and sustaining systems in place, far less funds are needed to develop its publishing service. The current budget includes sharing of some costs with an outside party. No budget is currently provided for assistance to other non-profit organizations.


Volunteer time contribution


TFAO's website was built largely through the efforts of numerous volunteers over many years. To learn more about TFAO's volunteer opportunities please click here. Since TFAO's inception, one individual has continuously served as director, providing overall management and leadership on a volunteer basis. The following paragraphs explain the tasks and estimated time requirements of the director.


Core volunteer time requirement

TFAO's online Topics in American Art, other Catalogues, National Calendar of Art Exhibitions and Reports and Studies are the most important service features performed by volunteers. Core functions, as of 5/17, require the following estimated monthly average time commitment:

Site organization and design updates = 1 hour
America's Distinguished Artists review for dead links and replacements = 6.5 hours
Topics updates including new exhibit research, writing and posting: 7 hours
National Calendar of Art Exhibitions updates = 11 hours
Resource Library correspondence concerning published materials = .5 hours
Miscellaneous updates of postings from external sources for enhancement of content = 6 hours
Public inquiries and general correspondence: 2 hours
Total services monthly time requirement: 34 hours

In addition, there are ancillary annual time requirements on the part of the director. Following are the major components:

Federal and state reporting: 1 hour
Banking, accounting and invoices processing: 1 hour
Miscellaneous: 2 hours
Total ancillary annual time requirements: 4 hours

In addition to the core and ancillary minimum time requirement estimated above, the director may elect to contribute additional time to manage volunteers for special projects.

TFAO wishes to express its appreciation to Vital Digital for its generous pro bono consultation regarding information technology planning. 


Other information


TFAO is an acronym for Traditional Fine Arts Organization. On this website Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. is alternately referred to as TFAO or TFAOI. TFAO's content may be searched through two two domain names: and Visit TFAO's rankings and usage page to learn more about this feature.

For further information please see:

Site guide
How TFAO maintains pages
Vision of the Future
Publication delays

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Links to sources of information outside of our website are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other websites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.

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