From Tom Hicks, JD
In 1994, we opened our doors in Huntington Beach, CA with the goal of helping as many charitable nonprofit organizations as possible in obtaining their IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. More than twenty-five years later, we are still providing expert IRS 501(c)(3) Exemption Application preparation services to individuals and businesses in California and across the country.
Over that period of time, however, one particular area of the business became increasingly important to me – helping animal rescue and animal support groups to obtain their IRS Nonprofit tax status as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. While I continue to prepare IRS and State Exemption Applications for any number of different nonprofit organizations, big and small, I keep coming back to the animals.
With the crushing competition among all nonprofits today for the “charitable dollar” along with the overwhelming need for more animal rescue groups to flourish, organizations without tax-exempt status would be hard pressed to raise enough funding to survive for more than a short while. Realistically, to survive in the rescue world today, IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is crucial. Once an organization obtains IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, they can legally offer a tax deduction to their contributors and donors for the contributions made to the organization. Our organization will be EXCLUSIVELY conducted for the purpose of helping animal rescue and support groups to obtain their IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
- FACT: Over 80,000 animals are euthanized EVERY WEEK!
- FACT: Shelters are overcrowded, understaffed and have suffered dramatic budget cuts
- FACT: There are hundreds of animal rescue groups in CA all seeking funding for their charitable operations
- FACT: ONLY through the efforts of animal rescue and support groups, coupled with public awareness and community involvement, will the needless slaughter of innocent animals be curbed.
My wife Linda is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). We have sponsored an animal rescue and foster program in our home for over 15 years – over 150 dogs, cats, possums, bunnies, chickens and other “critters in need” have come through our doors! Linda works with the local shelters and other rescue groups, and, along with my efforts to assist rescue organizations with their IRS tax-exempt status so that they can raise more money and save more animals, we try to help save as many as we can.
I have personally set up over 250 nonprofit, IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, with a 100% success rate! Linda and I both get great satisfaction knowing that, partially through our efforts, these wonderful rescue and support organizations can move that much closer to their collective goal – no animal left behind!