We at the Travelin’ Rat would like to ask you a favor. We’re planning our first auction, which we hope will do well and will become a quarterly event. Right now we are trying to pay down our costs that one of our board members laid out for us, and we want to start an Emergency Rescue Fund as soon as we can do that. The more successful our fundraisers are, the quicker we can get to that. (We are still in the developmental stage of the Emergency Rescue Fund, but one idea is to allow a rescue -that has a form on file with us- $100 every 6 months for a surgery or food.)
US 501(c)(3) approved rescues: A Rescue of the Month earns net proceeds from our web store, Etsy store, Zazzle store, Café Press, and any donations to our Youcaring.com fundraiser.
Non-501(c)(3) approved/international rescues: The best idea we could come up with to help you is to set up fundraisers through a 3rd party and promote them. We still have not gotten a straight answer from an accountant regarding donations so if we can avoid giving the donations directly to you and instead set up a fundraiser with a company who donates directly to you, that should work. BUT we will definitely need your help spreading the word about these fundraisers.
We did apply for 501(c)(3) status in June 2013 and don’t expect to hear back for likely a year or more from the IRS. Fingers and paws crossed that we are approved!
Thank you for your help passing the word on! And THANK YOU for what you do for the animals!
Helping Rescues Wherever We Can!