Support the Pink House just recently began working to become a nonprofit organization. We incorporated and filed our application for 501 (c) (3) status. We now are Support the Pink House Inc, and have our Board of Directors and Advisory Board in place, with our status confirmed as of January 30, 2020.
This of course enables us to take tax deductible donations when and if needed. And since we are an all volunteer group, 100% of any donations will go toward our work for the cause.
STPH has truly been a grass roots group of diligently working citizens, accomplishing quite a bit while incurring few expenses. The goal of our two fundraisers early on was to raise awareness more than money. What funds did come, after the minimal costs of the events, were to help with our operating costs, while the donation cans we have around town help defray our out of pocket costs for our brochures, bumper stickers and merchant decals. All the other costs of operations, like this website, professional fees, merchandise, banners, fliers, office supplies and what food and drink we put out at meetings have been paid for out of pocket by the good people who volunteer for this cause.
Support the Pink House was formed from a community groundswell in reaction to the public not wanting The Pink House torn down. We always saw our role to be keeping her standing and continuing to raise awareness and support as we worked to shepherd a solution to keep her in the community in perpetuity. In the 4 years since, STPH Founder Alison Odle looked into becoming a non-profit, as did our Chair, Rochelle Joseph, but never saw STPH as having to raise substantial funds to save the house ourselves, let alone help financially with stakeholder costs.
But on the long and winding path to finding a solution we have been asked to do all of that -- and more. It was not our plan, but we decided to do what we need to empower the public we represent to help in this new way, should the need arise.
1. Who ARE you guys, anyway? Who made this facebook page?
We are the original group of grassroots Pink House enthusiast volunteers working on saving The Pink House from demolition since 2015. You can see more about us here: www.supporthtepinkhouse.com We are the ones who created the logo you see on stickers, the ones who hold public meetings at PITA Hall, the ones who do interviews about the house, and host at Yankee Homecoming, and garner political support for the cause, and organize pink house art events, and so on. We do it all! But most importantly, we are here for YOU, working on the things you have said are important to you. We hope that you will engage with us on all things “pink house” as we have become somewhat of local experts on the house. We would appreciate our pages to be kept rumor, misinformation, and drama free for our own sanity and for the sake of the house. If you’re unsure of something you would like to post please just ask us first. We are very easy to contact through the messenger system. Thanks!
2. Is the house a SPITE HOUSE!?
As much as it adds to the mystique of the house, not really! We have conducted extensive research into the history of house which shows the spite house story to be inaccurate and more of an urban legend. Please see the history page of our website here: https://www.supportthepinkhouse.com/pink-house-history.html Of course that doesn't stop people from continuing to write and share stories about the Spite House legend, so we've accepted that it’s a bit of a losing battle to set the story straight in any kind of lasting way. Meanwhile, our research continues!
3. Why do you want to save the house, anyway?
There is a tremendous amount of public support for the house and we work to save it for the community, for the literally 1000’s of artists and photographers who see the house as a muse and for all who recognize the house as a uniquely iconic structure which brings interest to the area and lends to the authentic sense of place people feel about Plum Island. We see it as our own Motif #1, and feel it would be a shame to lose it.
3. What is the current status of The Pink House?
The Pink House is still owned by Parker River / US Fish & Wildlife. We have been in negotiations for several years on the process of helping the house change hands in a win/win solution. Since the property is owned by the federal government, this makes every part of this negotiation more of a challenge, but one that all sides have been working on in good faith to create the best outcome for the community.
4. Are there environmental concerns surrounding The Pink House?
Not really. Though none of us are environmental scientists, the research from our partners with more credentials has shown that the best thing for the environment is for the house to remain standing and not disrupt the high ground it sits on.
For even more answers to frequently asked questions, please see https://www.supportthepinkhouse.com/faqs.html
Written by Alison Odle