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By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

We have our EIN number!! =) Have to wait up to 2 weeks for it to become part of the IRS's database so we can get our TIN and start applying for grants, but we're on our way!   I have also requested our DUNS number, which is also needed to register on the grants.gov website before we can start applying.  I should get that one by email in 1-2 days. 

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

I have submitted an application with the Charitable Programs division of the Secretary of State for Our Shared Hopes. First plus over the non-profit application.....this time it was free! =)  

 Next I will file for an EIN number with the IRS...which is also free. Our tax-exempt status is 'Automatically Exempt' - as long as we are below the income limit of $5000 each year (last year we received apprx. $500 in donations). =)

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Had a great meeting tonight! A huge thank you to Angie Camp for stopping by and sharing her experiences with non-profits and the tax-exempt status process! We have decided to give up our non-profit corporation status (for the time being), and change our structure to a basic Charitable Organization for the next few years until we are better equipped to handle the requirements and fees associated with the non-profit status.  This will not change our mission or goals, but will simply change our tax classification to a better one while we get this organization on more solid ground.

In response to low turnouts this past year, we have decided against holding meal events for the 2011 holiday season. Instead, we will host a toy drive, and sponsor fa...