Founder Hwang Kee told us that his original motivation for establishing the Moo Duk Kwan® in 1945 was to help human beings improve their Neh Gong (Internal power), Weh Gong (External power) and Shim Gong (Spiritual power) which would enable them to improve their relationships with others and thus help them contribute a positive energy toward world peace through their study and practice of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art in Moo Duk Kwan® dojangs.
When the founding members structured the U.S. Federation and more recently when the Federation's Board formed the U.S. FOUNDATION, they did so based on Founder Hwang Kee's original intentions for his art and did so in a manner that would insure the Federation's activity and the FOUNDATION'S activity is properly recognized by U.S. law.
In order for the Federation to qualify for 501(c)(4) not-for-profit status, the IRS code states:
"To establish that your organization is organized exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, your organization must operate primarily in a way that furthers the common good and general welfare of the people of the community (such as bringing about civic betterment and social improvements in some way)."
In order for the FOUNDATION to qualify for 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit status, the IRS code states:
"To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations."
The Federation's founders and the Board Directors forming the FOUNDATION knew that non-profit institutions do something very different than business or government.
Peter Drucker states in his book, "Managing The Non-Profit Organization" that:
"The "non-profit" institution neither supplies goods or services nor controls. Its "product" is neither a pair of shoes nor an effective regulation. Its product is a changed human being. The non-profit institutions are human change agents. Their "product" is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether.
The non-profit institution is not merely delivering a service. It wants the end user to be not a user but a doer. It uses a service to bring about change in a human being.
Giving is necessary above all else so that the non-profits can discharge the one Mission they all have in common: to satisfy the need of the American people for self-realization, living out our ideals, our beliefs, our best opinions of ourselves. To make contributors out of donors means that the American people can see what they want to see-or should see- when each of us looks at himself or herself in the mirror in the morning: someone who as a citizen takes responsibility. Someone who as a neighbor cares.
Non-profit institutions exist for the sake of their Mission. They exist to make a difference in society and in the life of the individual. They exist for the sake of their Mission and this must never be forgotten.
Non-profit Institutions depend heavily on volunteers to deliver the catalyst of change that results in its "product" (changed human beings) and therefore cannot command them. The non-profit Institution must inspire, motivate, encourage, and recognize those whom it depends on to accomplish its particular goals and ultimately its Mission."
Perhaps Founder Hwang Kee's personal life experiences with oppression and war in Korea at a very early age gave him a keen understanding of the unfortunate consequences of human conflict and helped him forge the Moo Duk Kwan® philosophy & discipline which he taught relentlessly from 1945 until his passing when he entrusted his successor H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim and the U.S. Federation to continue doing so.
Or perhaps those harsh, early life experiences gave him a wisdom and insight well beyond his years which resulted in his vision for the Moo Duk Kwan® and its practitioners.
Whatever his inspiration, he clearly expressed that our Federation is, "to continue to develop as a "Moo Do" organization while developing an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, friendship and brotherhood that will improve human relations world-wide and contribute to world peace. "
This is the Mission we are charged with and which we must never forget.
The U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION is the Federation's most recently implemented means for increasing our resources that can be applied toward our pursuit of these lofty mission objectives.
As Federation members and FOUNDATION supporters no one will make us do these things, rather our leaders will show us how to do these things and encourage us to follow their personal example, because only we can change ourselves and become an "action" oriented person or a "doer".
These are the reasons why the Federation and the FOUNDATION are non-profit organizations.