While Civil Air Patrol units may wish to donate to a qualified nonprofit organization, CAP units should always be good stewards of donated funds. The perception/optics of raising money and then giving it to another organization can cause an incorrect perception and/or loss of trust from our donors and community.
The correct analysis and response to this query must be based on CAP being a 501(c)(3) under the IRS Code. Therefore, in order for this type of donation to be permissible we must consider the following:
Does the transaction advance CAP’s charitable mission (if the local unit meets at church facilities without a charge then under those circumstances a small donation may be permitted as a token of appreciation).
There must be no COI (conflict of interest) for any CAP person involved in the donation transaction.
There must be no violation of CAP donor restricted funds previously given to the local CAP unit.
There must be no misuse of funds by the receiving organization due to potential bad publicity from CAP supporting a failing entity.
No question that donating these funds will imperil CAP’s financial health.
It is prudent to consider all of this before being able to answer that it is acceptable for a local unit to donate funds or resources to another charity.