Exciting news: Writopia Lab received its official approval from NY State, certifying our status as a NY State nonprofit organization. We are now only months away from obtaining our federal approval, and from our long-awaited 501c3 tax exemption status.
Why is this such great news?
1) As a NY State registered non-profit we can receive grant money awarded by the state.
2) Once we receive our 501c3 status, corporations, foundations, and private individuals will be able to claim their donations (i.e. computers and supplies or dollars) on their tax forms. (Few people donate without the benefit of this reward.)
Why am I telling you this? How will this status, these grants, or donations benefit Writopia Lab's writers or the community at large?
Within a year, Writopia Lab will likely be able to provide even more families with discounted rates, will be able to plan more exciting public events that feature our writers, and may ultimately grow as a community and be able to move into a larger space.
Basically, WritopiaLab is one major step closer to becoming the sustainable community that we dreamed of when we first opened--a place where dozens of writers will be able to go any day of the week after school or on the weekend to work on creative, extracurricular projects or to just hang out.
So that's the great news. You'll be hearing more about it at the Barnes & Noble reading I'm sure...