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Old 03-22-2017, 01:00 PM
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Firm believer in learning by doing. I registered a domain called Wikibeaks.org, got an email address there, and then registered a non-profit business called Wikibeaks Co. with the state of Indiana. There is still quite a bit of work...articles of incorporation, selection of board of directors etc., filing for non-profit status with the IRS. Getting the business name registered was just the first step.

Who wants in?

The "Statement of Purpose" is:
Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the
making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The primary purpose of this organization is to improve the
lives of parrots by providing education and support to the people they depend on including, but not limited to, parrot owners,
parrot breeders, parrot rescue organizations, people considering parrot ownership, and anyone interested in the welfare of
parrots.


I thought to keep the scope very focused in the beginning. Once we are truly established and registered, we can ask, for example, for ad space on Google that we can use to direct people to good resources. Actually, just putting together a system to find ways to help parrots, find the people who need the information, and get it to them is not trivial. But we should be able to accept donations, and perhaps sell fund-raising products, and if we get revenue we can think of ways to expand. Maybe donate to regional parrot rescues or sponsor individual birds. Right now, very simple scope, very simple focus, get things working and then see where it goes.

This is completely non-profit. No salary, no money will flow back to anyone involved. Expenses to be kept to a minimum. Every penny must go to the betterment of parrot welfare.

Political activities are specifically prohibited, but perhaps there might be a way to point people toward things individuals can do: for example, start an online petition asking pet stores to source parrots responsibly and ethically. Our experienced breeders could really help with structuring the language and the requests of that.

I am the principal registerer, or whatever the word is, and only member at the moment. It would be fantastic to get other people on board. I don't want to take away from the contributions people make here - this forum is exceptional, and I expect a lot of FAQs will point to stickies here. But maybe people could spare a certain amount of time per month to write articles? Anybody can contribute ideas. If someone knows legal stuff maybe they could advise (Nigel?). I will set up a bank account and any financial transactions will be completely transparent. We have a website available that right now has nothing on it, so there is work to do!

I've wanted to do something to help parrots in Oliver's memory for nearly a year now, and I am so happy to have found something to do.

ALL ABOARD!!!!
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:04 PM
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1. My name is Oliver!

2. Heck yeah! I'd be totally willing to do awareness activities/ merchandise/ fundraising at my university!!

Parrot welfare is something I'm so passionate about, and my soul feels this sad and crushing feeling whenever I have to explain so many things that people are doing wrong with birds. It hurts. I want to do so much more than I'm currently equipped to do.

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Yup! I'm In!

FYI: 501 (c) (3) is the correct code! But, please change "non-profit" to "Not For Profit" on all documents, etc! Its a paperwork thing, and you do not want to have to refile later.

Steven,


I had an Oliver (YNA) and my part will be for his Memory!

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Yup! I'm In!

FYI: 501 (c) (3) is the correct code! But, please change "non-profit" to "Not For Profit" on all documents, etc! Its a paperwork thing, and you do not want to have to refile later.

Steven,
Oh, thanks. I used some boilerplate from the IRS website, and an online form for Indiana. I imagine I got it all wrong this first time through, but if I wait until I know everything I'll never start.
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I'm in.
What a wonderful offering.
Headed off to join...
Thank you!

LOVE THE NAME!
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The first look I had at the IRS website said that it costs $400 to file for tax-exempt status. Ouch! If we have to do it, I will pay it. Maybe there is another path that's not so expensive? $400 buys a lot of pellets for our local rescue, and if we aren't going to be raising money or spending money in the beginning maybe that can wait. This is about helping parrots, not about having an organization. Having an organization might be helpful for doing things involving money, but we can just start working on the website, coming up with ideas, without having that set up. Still going to do it, but we can still have fun in the meantime and get something done before it's all finalized legally.
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:12 PM
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I'll pitch in.
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I'll help however I can financially.

Edit: might be useful to mention that my job is commission based graphic design/art. I'd be more than willing to donate my time to logos/ any art needs you might have.

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Old 03-22-2017, 02:38 PM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Oli View Post
I'll help however I can financially.

Edit: might be useful to mention that my job is commission based graphic design/art. I'd be more than willing to donate my time to logos/ any art needs you might have.
Consider yourself DRAFTED! Yes, we need a logo! I just put up a rudimentary blog on the website using a stock theme, but it would be great to have some parrot-related graphics. Anything you would like to do will be awesome and appreciated!
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Old 03-22-2017, 02:39 PM
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Really, this worked?????? We are unstoppable!

Congratulations! Your Articles of Incorporation have/has been approved and filed by the Indiana Secretary of State. For your records, a PDF copy of your filing documents is attached to this email. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.
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