It has been a good learning experience, for sure, to be working on 501c3 status and seeing what is good and bad out there in the world of law and business. Shopping around and relying on connections has proven to be a very good strategy.
I’ve found a lawyer that we can afford and will get our paperwork filed fairly rapidly, though I am on my way to a consultation with another lawyer who may be able to do it even less expensively with a bit longer timeline. Either way, the finish line in terms of getting the paperwork filed is very near. Thank goodness! With any luck, my post next week will be good news on this front, so please keep your fingers crossed for us. However, the hurdle won’t be completely cleared, as getting over this one means we get to start working on the Kenyan side of things, and that will be a whole different set of challenges and fun.
On a nice note, the story published last week has gotten some views and, as a result, I have had several UNTHSC alumni reach out to me to offer to help. It’s nice to know that those stories have some reach (#1), and that there are so many good folks out there with great skills who are willing to invest their time in our organization. As “Mama” Vickie said several times during our trip, development breeds development, and I would say commitment and passion breeds commitment and passion. So thanks to all of you read the story, have emailed or talked to me in person since it came out, and encouraged us to continue our march forward. The 501c3 shall not stop us; I know it’s less elusive than the heffalump, so success will be ours!