It all started this weekend with an email:
“You’ve got mail! There’s an envelope here from the IRS. Come pick it up when you can!”
It’s been a long time coming, but we are so excited to announce that Educate for Change is now an OFFICIAL registered 501(c)3 in the United States of America.
The whole process began in August 2012. Skype meetings, documents, mission statement writing and re-writing. It’s a long process, but was so worth it. We submitted and then we waited. Having to trudge through the process helped us to evaluate all of our goals and establish our organizations’ culture. We were told the review process would take roughly six to nine months. And ten months later, we inquired. A few months after that we learned that due to a change in the US tax law, numerous previously registered organizations had lost their designation and therefore, all new applications were put on the backburner. Bummer.
Now, 19 months later, we have reason to celebrate. All donations have been tax deductible since August 2012; however, with our official letter we have exciting things ahead. We can now apply for large grants, submit applications to fundraising campaigns like Sevenly and Amazon, and apply as an organization within Uganda.
Exciting things are on the horizon here in Gulu and we are so excited that we are now moving on to our next phase. The next few months will be busy researching and applying for programs and grants to help us grow and better serve our students.
Please join us.
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Much love from Gulu.