Well, I’d like to bring you a little update. On December 7, Form 1023 was sent into the IRS. This is the application to gain tax exempt status as a recognized 501(c)(3). You will be able to find a link to the form on the website. www.d2care.org We have been told by multiple people who have started non-profits that if we did everything correctly, we should hear in about 4 months if we were successful and have our tax exempt non profit status. However, whether we achieve that notification in 4 months or a bit beyond that, the tax exempt status will be retroactive to the date of our incorporation which is June 24, 2006.
Marcy is working hard on prettying up our logo. For those of you that have already sent in membership dues, once she is done, we will print the Charter Membership certificates. They will be in the mail shortly after that.
Other news. Jennifer is working on the Adopt-A-Dog pages of the website. We hope to have those available for use by the beginning of the year. We have already been contacted by rescues and transporters asking when they will be available.
We need to set up a new member run committee prior to activation of the Adopt-A-Dog pages. This committee will help update and maintain the adoption pages. Time commitment for this committee may vary depending on the number of volunteers and the number of adoption listing requests. However, the current estimate is 5-10 hours per week. Need easy and reliable computer/ internet access daily. Attention to detail and good communication skills are a must.
In January, the D2Care Membership Committee will be announcing the next elections. We will send out the criteria and the application/questionnaire for running for the Board of D2Care prior to the announcement. Of course, in order to run for the Board you will need to be a Charter Member.
So, this is the time to remind folks that we are accepting Charter Memberships until June 30, 2007. However elections will be held between March and May of 2007 for the first full 9 Member Board. In order to throw your name in the pot, you will need to be a Charter Member with dues received by February 15.
We are looking for members to the following committees:
- Membership (responsible for notifying members of upcoming elections and members meetings),
- Funding (setting the criteria for use of the D2Care funds),
- Marketing and Merchandise (setting up a marketing plan and creating and promoting D2Care merchandise),
- Web (responsible for the day to day maintenance and operations of the website),
- Adopt-A-Dog (responsible for maintaining the adoption pages).