Support the Pink House just recently began working to become a non profit organization. We became a corporation and have 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.
This of course enables us to take tax deductible donations when and if needed. And since we have no paid employees, 100% of the 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.