Hi, my name is Dorothea Lotter, I'm the President and a co-founder of The Longears Safehouse, the only donkey and mule specific rescue in New Mexico, and I'm fundraising for retroactive reinstatement of our 501c3 status. Our 501c3 status was automatically revoked in 2015, only 5 months after being granted retroactively dating back to our incorporation date in 2012, because of misunderstandings and miscommunications at the time regarding the annual reporting requirements in such a case of a retroactive determination letter.
I have since worked off and on to both raise the funds to cover the additional fees for reinstatement and to complete forms 990-EZ for each completed fiscal year in which we were in operation. The latter process has been accelerated and energized this year when CPA John Kuderick generously offered to review all of my forms pro bono to make sure everything is good to go. We are extremely grateful to John for his help. Our 11 annual 990-EZ form packages - each of which comprises about 23-27 pages - were finally mailed out on November 9 to the Dept. of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center.
There is still some legal paperwork - in particular, our form 1023 with Schedule E - that is currently being reviewed by attorneys working for a wonderful nonprofit organization named Animal Defense Partnership (https://www.animaldefensepartnership.org) that specializes in providing pro bono legal services to animal sanctuaries and rescues that would otherwise not be able to afford such services. Once our form is ready to be submitted we will need $600 to cover the IRS fees for reinstatement and $500 to get our registration with the NM Attorney General up to date.
There are other debts and outstanding payments that we still need to make to get us back on track in every respect. Any contribution you can make will help get us reinstated with the IRS will help our mission to make the world a better place for donkeys and mules. We already have several pledges from potential donors to make larger contributions to our organization once our 501c3 status has been reinstated. After many years of catching up while at the same time continuing operations, we just need the make that last step to get to that point.