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Jon,
Did you ever think about trying to raise money through kickstarter.com? Its a little bit expensive but they have a fairly large member base? 

Have you thought about how you can accept donations from forum members? I think Paypal and Squareup.com(much cheaper than paypal) offer discounts for 501c3 companies. 

Thanks for all your hard work!
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John

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John, Those are good ideas. Paypal was on the radar, but  not the others.
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We have e-mail at info@figs4fun.org
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Congrats on the new email! 

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I don't know if this is even feasible, but could members sign up for a custom email address? For a small donation, a member could get their own @figs4fun.org email address.

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Interesting idea.
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Jon can you introduce board of directors to as.

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Thank You and Update

Figs 4 Fun Foundation

 

An update is probably overdue.

 

But first, we want to say thank you to those people who have pioneered creative ways to help raise $$ for this endeavor.

 

Rafed has proven to be more than just a Road Warrior. He has been a $$ warrior. He was the first member to step up and both share with other members of the Forum and at the same time raise some $$, and he has done it more than once. James followed Rafed's example. Eden, Kerry and Chad graciously purchased the offered auction items. George seems to have started a gift matching program, all on his own. Thanks to every one of these friends and fig lovers.

 

As for an update, we had our initial Board Meeting in late September, and have completed the process of legally beginning the non-profit corporation. The Board is engaged in the final review of our IRS Form 1023 Application for Tax-Exempt Status, and hope to have it in the mail by the end of the month.

 

We have done some initial research on grant funding. This is not a slam-dunk process in any way. Applying for a grant requires a lot of research and paperwork. We would love to hear from people who have experience at this aspect of fundraising.

 

We are keeping our eyes open for property. The first parcel that we are looking at is 34 vacant acres underneath the KOGO (Clear Channel) radio towers in the Emerald Hills community of the City of San Diego. See  http://www.fybush.com/sites/2009/site-090327.html and http://www.sandiegoreader.com/photos/galleries/emerald-hills/3203/  Who knows if this will go anywhere, but it certainly meets our needs, if they are willing to share it with us.

 

To johnf93: we looked at your idea of selling e-mail addresses linked to the Foundation. Technically it is easy, but the legal and liability ramifications of people appearing to be a part of the foundation appear to be insurmountable.

 

Thanx to all for their interest and support.


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Hello Jon,
I discover your project with lot of enthusiast, and i wanted to propose you some of the good fig of my country (south west of France) if you look for others varieties. From January, i will able to send some of my best discovering figs of this year.
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Thierry,

Your English is awesome compared to my French. I am definitely interested. Please send me an e-mail.

Enjoy,

Jon

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Progress. Our IRS Form 1023 Application for Tax-Exempt Status will be in the mail in the morning. Yea!!!
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Jon, Great idea! Although just a newbie I will support the foundation.
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Jon thank you for emailing me about this site. signed up just yesterday and feel right at home. found your email by a fluke. any how i dont have many figs but what i have i am willing to share. and am as many have been overtaken by the addiction of wanting to add as many kinds that will grow in my area for my collection. as said it is these privite collections brought together that will help keep strains alive and available. i think the work you are doing is wonderful, and am glad that i myself have an opertunaty to help no matter how small or large. my only regret is that i didnt stumble upon you email sooner.

best regards and keep up the good work.

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just a newbie to this site...keep up the good work

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Hey Deerhunter RX8 16B???
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please keep me informed of new exceptional varieties.
would like to know if possible to get access on cuttings for long
period cultivars in my zone-northeast mediterranean.
Keep up the good work!
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i see suzi already suggested membership. i think that's a good idea. $20 for a year of membership, $50 for 3 years, $80 for 5 yr. and $1000 for lifetime or something like that. but that will have to come with some membership benefit. like sticker... patch.. cuttings. and keeping track of all that might be headache unless there is better forum software to keep track of all. oh.. and membership number. i want 007.. lol


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We had the annual Board Meeting this week. There is not a lot to report. We are waiting on the receipt of our "Determination Letter" from the IRS. After we have that in hand, there are many things that we can move forward with: seeking grants, Paypal service, and the like.

We are working on some projects to increase the number of varieties in the collection. If we are successful in working out the details, there will be some very exciting new things in the future. If you have varieties which are not currently in the collection and wish to donate them, please send us an email to info at figs4fun dot org.

And, of course $$ is always welcome.

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Oh, them dreaded IRS!
They expect prompt $$$ payment from us.
Meanwhile, they are slooower than a snail...
Down with BIG governments.

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So you got your letter?
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I wish. It turns out that they gave me some bad info. Long story about how I found out about the truth. Anyway, the good news is that it is now available.
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I just finished a multi- month process setting up a non profit inc for an antique tractor club, with both state and IRS approval, so if you need any help let me know.
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How come this thread keeps showing itself to me as 'un-read'
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George are you marking  <forum read >
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Yes Martin,
I did hit that (almost-useless) 'Mark Forum Read'  past-tense button, multiply-multiple times too!

[E: I had many (multiple times) complained about the integrity of the 'false-unread-yellow-tag'
thing before; maybe this thread particular stands out b/c it is 'pinned'? I once started a thread about
the subject (F4F=bugs), but now the thread seems to have vanished?]

Yeah,  weather is crazy; for the last 2-3 days, it was like summer time (80*F) here!
It had something to do with the jet-stream; recently it having a had DEEP-dip-south on the west-USA.
Right now, it is back to a wintery-cold-windy-raining monster!

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Very nice to know about foundation! for all the people who love and grow figs around the world. In the meantime I like to introduce you our project's facebook page http://on.fb.me/10xxm6f here we share all our experience that completes 10 years and we are so passionate to share it 
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The 2013 Fig Fiesta will be held at Encanto Farms Nursery, September 7th.

Information.

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I need to donate one of my "Dominick Fig" to the foundation. He would be so proud of this.Please tell me how
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December 7, 2013

Today we received our IRS letter approving our 501(c)(3) status.

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Today we received our IRS letter approving our 501(c)(3) status.
YEAH.. WAY TO GO!!!images.jpg 

EVERYONE NOW IS EATING FIGS!!!'
http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/what-the-world-needs-to-know-about-putin-147898435506
    
at the very end she she says it tastes terrific.. says it tastes like a fig!! part of the olympics....2014 sochi



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Jon, does that have any affect on the tax treatment for donors of donations made earlier in the year or is it just from this point forward?
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No. There is a long explanation of how it all works, but the short answer is that all contributions made since our incorporation (07/02/2012) are grandfathered in as deductible.
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Just made a donation,thank you for keeping these trees for our future generations to enjoy.
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So happy things are going well for the Foundation. 

FYI on 501(c)(3) organizations:  In order to keep 501(c)(3) status, be sure to file Form990 annually (by 5th month and 15th day after tax year ends--e.g., if you close your year on Dec. 31, file by May 15th). If possible, use the Form 990-N (e-file), which will allow the IRS to post your status quicker to the "Yellow Book" (aka Publication 78) which signifies to tax filers that the Foundation is a tax-exempt/deductible organization. The "Yellow Book" is now available as on online app called "Select Check" and, once Form990s are processed, can be viewed by citizens at the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check  "SelectCheck" does not post your funding and expenditure details, but confirms exempt status so donors can be certain that their charitable donations are legally deductible. "Charity Navigator" is currently the most widely used charity watchdog site in the US. If you choose, you can submit the Foundation to this organization to be posted with details. However, CN rates charities based on their inflows and outflows, so if the Foundation is in a "saving-up" phase, it may not score well until proceeds are spent and can be analyzed based on the effectiveness of outflows. Just a thought.

Best wishes for a great year ahead!
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Rick, yep, always paperwork when dealing with the IRS.
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Our information is now viewable at The San Diego Foundation here.
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This is so great. Thank you for all your work. And for passing it along to future fig growers. I just donated!
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Hi, Jon! We're hoping that we can continue some financial support through sales of fig cuttings on eBay with part of any proceeds coming to the Fig Foundation. It's been over five years since we retired Paradise Nursery here in Virginia Beach, and it would be nice to have the trees provide for figs everywhere before we sell the farm. It's hard not to know if the new owners will appreciate the figs or whether they will be ripped up. (Ack!)  I'll keep you posted on  how it goes - I did put a mention on the eBay listings (look for seller "vbgarden") and am hoping we'll have some good news for you!
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Thank you for your support. i hope the trees continue to be enjoyed by the new owners. It would be a shame to lose them.
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Hello,

I just already sent an email but it won't hurt to post it here, too.

I have to go a bit further back: As I'm a gamer, 
I tend to buy games from time to time. And one of the
best places for relativly cheap games is the "HumbleBundle"-project.
It's collaborating with big game publishers and
it's 'pay what you want' and a minimum of 10% goes to charity.
Lately, you can activly chose,what organisation should receive
the 10% donation. I searched with keywords for
"Figs 4 Fun Foundation" (and "The San Diego Foundation")
- but they weren't listed.
It might be a good idea to ask them for registering this foundations
in the humble store. Could be potential extra money for the good cause! :-)
Here is the link: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/select-charity/search

Best wishes from your supporter from Germany!

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All of my figs are still "babyplants" (0-3 y, all still potted/rooting in 2016), so don't expect cuttings too early ...

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Jon, a truly worthwhile cause! Thank you for the opportunity for me to enjoy this forum and, to contribute, in a small way, to this cause.
God Bless,
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Yes hear hear.  It might seem a little over the top, and I have to say that exploring the world of figs with everyone here on this amazing forum has renewed my excitement in life and my faith in the compassion and generous nature of human beings.  Thank you everyone and blessed Holy Days to you and all you hold dear.  



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