After thirteen years of working towards public awareness for the checkered eye and low vision in general, I am looking into registering the Checkered Eye Project as a charity.
I evaluated the idea on two previous occasions. Each time I decided that the money and effort to set up the charity was better spent on the actual education process. I figured that involving a board of directors would complicate things, and that the result of officially becoming a charity (being able to ask for donations) was not what was needed. In my imagination, since telling people what the Checkered Eye means serves the greater good, people would likely just pass it on, so money wasn’t what we needed…I guess you’re never too old to be naïve.
So thirteen years down the road, when someone asked me once again why the CEP wasn’t registered as a charity; and upon further reflection, I slapped myself on the forehead and came to the realization that
I have been running what is in the true sense of the term a “not for profit organization”, without the benefits of being legally signed up as one.
So now I’m in the process of reading tedious documents and seeking assistance from whomever can help, with composing and submitting them to the appropriate agencies. Fun...
Watch for news in the next blog about my trip to the California Council of the Blind conferenc in San Diego.
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