The charity that I am forming went through 1 major event and 1 milestone this past August.
on 08/16/2008 at the Scholar’s Run 5k, ASD Athletes made its racing debut. The Technical shirts that I had made had their debut, and now that I have them, I know that I am going to wear on race day, every race.
Plus, I received notice from the State of Tennessee that ASD Athletes is a non-profit entity based in the grand state of Tennessee. The next step is to send in the proper paperwork to the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization meaning that donations would be tax deductible for those of you in the U.S. (and that itemize).
Plans for the Future:
I am planning on setting up a checking account soon and have that linked to a Paypal account (unless someone knows of a better method). I will be offering the leftover shirts that I have on-hand and set up an online store (much like Cafe Press).
I am also curious out there how charities budget. I don’t want to go blinkly blindly [ed. Thanks Pa-Pa] getting money in and not knowing where it needs to go. Can anyone point me to the annual reports of a charity, it doesn’t really matter the size, I’ll just use percentages.
Sponsoring… I’ve probably missed the fall sports to some degree, but there is the Winter Sports and hopefully have plenty of sponsorships for the Spring Sports. So, if you know of any kids or adult that are on the Autistic Spectrum… keep them in mind when I start taking applications.
I plan on posting more details about all of this on the Official ASD Athletes website (www.asdathletes.org)