Below please find a testimonial from our CES Incubator client, Charmaine Ijeoma, PhD. of The Golden Heart Society. Charmaine speaks of how the FREE consulting services that she has been accessing, thanks to the generous grant from the Coleman Foundation, have helped her establish her non-profit company The Golden Heart Society:
Charmaine comments "Since the Golden Heart Society is a nonprofit corporation, I filled out Form 1023 to get tax-exempt status. The form as well as its instructions are 27 pages long and they are both difficult to understand, especially for those of us who are new to the application process for getting a tax-exemption for our nonprofit. Although I did get a lot of help from RSVP/VEC representatives, Tom Costello's advice here at Montco's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) was invaluable because he gave me information that helped me avoid some of the major pitfallsthat he had fallen into when he filed Form 1023 six months ago for hisown non-profit company . Tom provided the narrative he submitted six months when applying for tax-exempt status. He also pointed out a few items he had gotten wrong on the form and the corrections he made based on what the IRS wanted. Tom also understood the urgency of getting the paperwork filed because it takes at least 90 days to get an IRS letter of approval. As a result of help from Tom and a few other consultants at CES, I was able to complete Form 1023 and to put it in the mail two days ahead of schedule".
Charmaine N. Ijeoma, Ph.D., Exec. Dir.,
The Golden Heart Society
The Golden Heart Society is a socially responsible nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating and informing the public about every aspect of foster care adoption in the United States and to increasing awareness of the dire need for loving, safe, and stable adoptive families for over 114,000 children in foster care who are legally available for adoption, and, thereby, to persuade more Americans to adopt children from foster care as a way of starting or adding to their families.