Since we first launched the Greatest Gift Foundation in October 2007, I’ve been doing what I can to get started on the good work we envision it can do. We held our first big fundraiser, we rocked the Transplant Games, I’ve talked to living donor/transplant care coordinators at several hospitals around the country, we’ve connected several prospective living donors one-on-one to past living donors so they could share their experiences, and we’ve got this little blog you’re reading now up and running. But we were limited from doing much more until we received from the Internal Revenue Service our official tax exemption status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. (In short, that’s what makes the public’s donations to us tax-deductible for the donor and tax-free for us.)
Today, ten months and two days later, we got it! The letter arrived today. We can now begin to raise funds with confidence, and in turn, ramp up operations and do some more good for the living donor community.
My humble thanks go to everyone who has listened to me drone on about this 501(c)(3) thing and kept the wind in my sails while we waited. I’ll be sure to be extra nice to you all when I come to you soon to ask for money. 🙂