What is a Private Organization?
Private organizations are self-sustaining special interest groups, set up by people acting outside the scope of any official capacity as officers, employees, or agents of the Federal Government. They operate on Air Force installations with written consent of the installation commander, when he/she determines it will have a positive impact on base quality of life.
Private organizations are not Federal entities and are not treated as such, they are not NAF Instrumentalities (NAFIs) as defined in AFI 34-201, Use of Non-appropriated Funds, nor are they entitled to the sovereign immunities and privileges given to NAFIs or the Air Force. Small unofficial activities (like coffee funds, flower funds, sunshine funds, etc.) are generally not considered private organizations.
Installation commanders provide limited supervision over private organizations. Their control lies in the power to authorize and withdraw authorization for these organizations to operate on the installation. They ensure compliance with the requirements of AFI 34-223, Private Organization (PO) Program, but do not control or dictate internal activities or structure of private organizations. The commander may withdraw the authorization if the private organization prejudices or discredits the United States Government, conflicts with Government activities, or for any other reason or just cause.
On-base fundraising is a privilege provided to private organizations, unofficial activities and informal funds that have obtained authorization to operate on Joint Base San Antonio. All fundraising requests must be approved by 502 FSS prior to the event. This is required per AFI 34-223 and events are limited to 2 per calendar quarter. For additional information, please call the your local 502 FSS Organization Coordinator.