Teachers - Arizona's Working Poor

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My name is Philip Brown and I’m one of Arizona’s working poor.  I am a full time high school teacher and I have lost faith in the education system.  However, I am not leaving education.  To abandon education is to allow it to continue its downward spiral until … well, the end is unknown, but dark.

I am starting a nonprofit organization called Arizona’s Working Poor.  Here a team of creative, devoted and willing people will work to raise money that will be used to supplement teacher salaries, directly to the teachers individually (...keeping top-heavy district office and grubby politicians out of it).

(We now have a website:  www.arizonasworkingpoor.com and a YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/arizonasworkingpoor)

My goal is to establish Arizona’s Working Poor as a recognized nonprofit organization with both the state of Arizona and the IRS.  That means where the money raised goes is 100% transparent and known.  Where it is going to go is to teachers in need based on their annual take-home pay.  We will start at home, at my current high school (Rio Rico High School, which has been selected by two separate entities as the school of the year for the nation this year!), and then work our way to other sites in the district and eventually onto other districts and hopefully across our wonderful state.

Teachers do not get into education to get rich, of course.  However, our living wages (take home pay) has steadily decreased over the past decade, with all signs pointing to the trend continuing. There are many stories of teachers on welfare, having to borrow money from family members to make ends meet, and something around 80% of us hold two or more jobs.  

This is a non-sustainable situation for our society.  Education is important and we need high quality people in the positions of teachers.  To have a dead-end financial situation presented to potential teachers is unacceptable.

While I can do little about the political structure, I can do something to help.  That’s what I do, I’m a teacher.  I serve others, helping them with difficult things.  This venture is no different in that respect.

To get started with all of the paperwork filings, attorneys to make sure that we are doing things the right way, internet presence, and some seed money to start projects to raise money to establish a record of appropriate, honest and transparent business practices, I am asking those willing to support in two ways.  

First, if you find this idea to be meritorious please share it on social media and spread news by word of mouth.   Second, if you are in the fortunate position to send a few dollars our way, we will use every penny to meet our stated goal, which is to improve the financial outlook of teachers in Arizona.  

I estimate that $2,500 will be needed to get everything started.  That will cover internet domains, email/list-serve services, attorney and CPA fees and give us some stability as we get established.  

For those able to donate and those that can only spread the word I am grateful.  I am humbled by all shows of faith and wish to use all support to promote a better education system for our youth by promoting a higher quality of life for our teachers.

I respectfully thank you for your time and consideration,

Philip Brown

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I have to thank all that have contributed and all that have shared. In two week's time we have gone from an idea to a company! There is a lot of tedious work that is involved with starting a nonprofit, but articles of incorporation are being mailed tomorrow, bylaws are drafted and ready to be reviewed, a fantastic board has been comprised and lots of work in the background is taking place.

In the mean time we have been collecting names for our two outreach programs and have funding to kick off the Featured Teacher of the Week program as well as find one teacher that is the sole source of income for a family and donate $500 to them.

Thank you again one and all. :D (Please feel free to share!)
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We have an EIN number, business registered with the state and are working on our articles of incorporation with Arizona. Bylaws are being drafted and programs are already launched.

Shirts are being printed, bracelets are ordered, and this thing is taking off! Thank you one and all. Keep spreading the word!
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We are almost at $1500, which just stops me in my tracks! I'm incredibly humbled, yet inspired, by the generosity and passion of those that are supporting this program both financially and with spreading the word!

Thank you one and all!
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Every day I post an update I'm more humbled by the support than the day before. Every day I look at the generosity of people I'm confronted with how frustrated people are with education.

This coming week we will be putting together our first charitable act (even though we don't have all of our paperwork in order yet), because things need to change.

We hope to have a website up and running soon, along with various other avenues of raising awareness of our mission and vision.

To all that have contributed financially, your voice will be heard. For those that believe in what we're trying to do and have spread the word, thank you!
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