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Be the Change – Support the NON-For Profit Organizations

The past few days an awaking has occurred… Where to support and provide financial  assistance to an animal organizations. Let’s just say one important fact. The IRS provides registered Tax Id Number to each non-profit animal organization. Here is the link:

To apply for recognition by the IRS of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Code, use Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, and its instructions.

www.irs.gov/charities/article/0%2C%2Cid=96109%2C00.html

I highly recommend each registered animal organization on their information/contact page provide that Tax Id Number. Why?

So any one person may consider researching your organization as valid.

We all want to be including in changing legislature at city, county and state level. So provide the contact information for those persons in office. www.opencongress.com is an excellent source providing you with 1 email to reach your district representatives (assembly, senators and congressman), including the President.

 I wish every one a wagging tail day ~ Martha

Click here to participate Be The Change

April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Why Transparency Matters for Nonprofit Organizations and Your Taxes

During the past few years, an awakening has occurred. Supporting and providing financial assistance to animal organizations is becoming more popular. Showing an animal that is starving, chained, caged, abused or neglected can turn anyone’s stomach and cause an emotional desire to support that animal or cause. With one click, your money will help this injured animal’s vet bills. Does this sound familiar? As a writer and animal lover, I have seen this often. It is a tactic used by many organizations, but to help donors and recipients there is a simple formula. A rescue organization asking for funds from the public is required to display a registered IRS ID number on their web page, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and it should be easy to find. Why? At the end of the year, the donors may want to write the donation off on their taxes. The registered IRS ID number needs to be valid and in good standing to take the write-off. As an animal lover and frequent donor, I recommend that an animal organization provides the registered IRS ID number on their home page, contact page and donation page. A person who is considering a donation needs to know that the nonprofit is valid and in good standing. Donors should also investigate the nonprofit organization for the ratio of expense. The administration and salary costs cannot be higher than supporting the animals in need. A legitimate nonprofit organization should provide the ratio information. If I see an animal rescue program, and the ratio is above 50 percent administration and salary costs, I avoid it. I do not want to support a person’s lifestyle. I want the money to help the animals. For more information to look up or register a rescue program, please visit the IRS website. The IRS provides registered tax ID numbers for each nonprofit animal organization. To apply for recognition by the IRS of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the code, use Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption). I wish everyone a wagging tail day! ~ Martha Steward Source: Tax Exempt Organizations and World Wide Web Fundraising and Advertising on the Internet. About the Author: Martha Steward lives in northern California on her family farm and has a blog. All of the animals on the farm are either adopted or rescued. She has been inspired to write a series of books for families on pet adoption, blended family issues and the courage to be a Marine “mum.” Martha’s two books, “Darby’s Story” and “Bangle Bear,” inspire pet adoption through the pages. Both of them have won the Mom’s Choice Silver Award Books in Pet and Animal Care. Her books are available on Amazon.

April 13, 2012 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

The Big Hair Ball

The Big Hair Ball Saturday, June 18th, 2011!

My pleasure and honor to help Angels Among Us Pet Rescue announce The Big Hair Ball.

Country Club of the South
4100 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022

Cocktail hour and silent auction 6:00 to 7:00 followed by dinner and dancing to all of your favorite 80′s tunes! *80′s Attire Ball and Black Tie Optional

Get your tickets today!
Reservation(s) will be held at door.
Please list names of attendee(s) if different from PayPal account holder.
About Our Organization

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. We operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area. Our efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time.

ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE, INC.
PO BOX 821
ALPHARETTA, GA 30009

Fax: (877) 969-8669

Email: info@angelsrescue.org

Website: angelsrescue.org

Traffic Report
Traffic on our Facebook page, website and Petfinder helps to provide fosters, funding, and visibility enabling Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to rescue and find loving homes for these furry babies.

March month-end rescue stats:

  • 110 active foster homes
  • 188 adoptable pets
  • 896 total pets adopted*
  • 1,084 total pets rescued*
  • 82 pets adopted in March
  • 81 pets rescued in March

Website March stats:

  • 18,228 page views
  • 4,232 unique visitors
  • 26 countries visiting

Facebook March stats:

  • 10,797 Facebook fans
  • 2,081,563 March post views

Petfinder March stats:

  • 79,391 March pet views

*includes an estimated 50 pets not on Petfinder

May 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

Navigating your donations thru the maze

Helping those who need the help, here is a website I have used to help me with the decision to help support an animal cause. Today our economy… there are hardships just around the corner- I know friends who have lost thier homes, given the beloved pets to rescue organization, and currently in California the price for hay is reaching over the $20.00 for 1 bale. I am deeply concerned…. so to help my readers, family and friends with their hard earned dollar… the little extra in our pockets where we can help “pay forward”

In April 2010, Charity Navigator, which calls itself the country’s “largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities… it’s easy to search for that non-profit and see where the money is being spent. The ratio of admin cost to actual animal support, ie FOOD, transport, shelters, medical………..

 

Find a Charity You Can Trust

Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America’s largest charities.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Chip in or Skip out

Where are your donations going?

Most recently in the news and on Facebook reports of FAKE charities announcing to provide support for Patrick. Patrick was starved and placed in a plastic bag, thrown down the garage shoot only to be discovered by a good Samaritan.. and now  Patrick is making an amazing recovery and has moved the world. Yet in all the good will to financial help support the cost of recovery, there is exploitation of animals lovers. Not knowing those donation have gone to fake non-profits, the organization is not registered with their respective states nor with the IRS.

So how do you check to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the registered 501 (c) (3) of your choice?
IRS has a search for Charities: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html 
“Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.”

Here is a consumer’s opportunity to exercise, you may verify an organization’s tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by asking to see an organization’s IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt. You may also confirm an organization’s status by calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.

Now if your know the non-profit to be real, no worries. What about all those others? How do you know? First check with your State Secratary, if your live in Connecticut, then go directly to the IRS link to confirm remember you can ask the animal organization directly or talk with the IRS http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html

May 20, 2011 at 9:05 am 1 comment

I want to donate but to whom? Confirming a 501 (c)(3)….

Over the past several years, we have donated to natural disasters and supporting organizations, animal rescue groups around the world.  Americans have a big heart to help those in need, I am amazed at the dollars received and reported in the news.

The information concerning NON-Profits needs to be taken in small bits, so several posting will come your way, including how to start and register, what a non-profit should have on their website including Facebook, handling employees and lobbing, and how to stay exempt.

Here is the first of the series to help consumers share their dollars wisely.

Most recently in the news and on Facebook reports of FAKE charities announcing to provide support for Patrick. Patrick was starved and placed in a plastic bag, thrown down the garage shoot only to be discovered by a good Samaritan.. and now  Patrick is making an amazing recovery and has moved the world. Yet in all the good will to financial help support the cost of recovery, there is exploitation of animals lovers. Not knowing those donation have gone to fake non-profits, the organization is not registered with their respective states nor with the IRS.

So how do you check to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the registered 501 (c) (3) of your choice?
IRS has a search for Charities: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html 
“Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.”

Here is a consumer’s opportunity to exercise, you may verify an organization’s tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by asking to see an organization’s IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt. You may also confirm an organization’s status by calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.

In the spirit of  ‘ Paying Forward’ the delight of sharing and supporting an animal rescue fundraiser and the opportunity to blog on their behalf  is the mission Darby’s Story and More. Through the pages of the book inspires pet adoption. 

This past year several books have been donated, and sometimes I have to admit, I did not check with the State Secretary or the IRS to see if the non-for profit status was active or revoked. So here is my homework and I hope this helps you with your quest to help nonprofit animal rescues or any organization. 

In the past I have announced three animal recue groups received Darby’s Story Book.

Top Paws Rescue, registered in Florida, received a Darby’s Story Book for their Fundraiser Top Paw Rescue Florida filing status To find more nonprofit animal organizations here the search link http://sunbiz.org/search.html

Angel Among Us, registered in Georgia, was other nonprofit receiving Darby’s Story  http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1551200

Opin, a Connecticut non-profit organization, now the state does not require filing with the Secretary so the information is on the IRS website here is the link OPIN Inc IRS status . This took the most time to discover, the search required finding the key words, E – number permit, go figure….Connecticut no longer issues exemption permits but accepts for proof of exemption a copy of the Federal Determination Letter or a Connecticut Exemption Permit (E-Number Permit) issued prior to 1995. http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1541&q=270818

Each State has a website, and the Secratary post the information to file a non-profit and the current status, will take some time to get use to your States website, however it all worth it.

Happy Days, wish everyone a wagging good day ~ Martha

What about those Chip-In? Stay tune, there is more about those and how to check if the cause is real or bogus.

May 3, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment


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