In under 3 months we have become officially a NON PROFIT 501c ENTITY!
Just got the response from the IRS that confirms it! This is so unusual as everyone told us that they were looking harder at folks applying for NPO status and to expect it to take years!
We incorporated in September 2011 as The New Paradigm Theatre Inc and then started working on the paperwork for our NPO status (to be called an official charity by the government you have to have non profit status). Our amazing board accountant, Lynn Vetare, and our amazing board lawyer, Kelly O'Brien, worked with Jamibeth and me to get that paperwork in by early March. Lynn, Kelly and Jamibeth put in huge amounts of time.
WE GOT OUR RESPONSE IN UNDER THREE MONTHS DUE TO THE GREAT JOB THEY DID ON THE NPO PAPERS. And Kelly also said some of that fast response was due to the fact that we are, right now, being "charitable". We didn't wait to do our "paying it forward" elements of our "theatre" until we were approved. We started right away, by helping The United Way, The Bruce Museum, The Leukemia Foundation and The Volunteer Center of Southwestern Fairfield County with their fund raising.
I took my walk for exercise this morning on a cloud.