Project Purus - Incorporation and 501(c)3
Organized by: Aaron Brzowski
Project Purus uses donated funds to purchase and distribute Sawyer PointONE© water filters in rural Nepal. We have had great success thus far through small fundraisers at local schools and philanthropic groups. Our projects include three filters given directly to the SAV Rural School in Nepal to use in their building, five filters given to the Next Generation Nepal (NGN) orphanage to use in their orphanages and child retrieval teams, and one filter given to each family of the students that attend the SAV Rural School, 74 filters in total given to families. This has all been done with local fundraising, over $5,000. We have great opportunities available to provide benefit to a larger number of people in Nepal, and other regions of the world, but to do this we need to be able to apply for much larger government grants, private grants, and aid from larger foundations. These grants and foundations require that a nonprofit organization be 501(c)3 certified with the IRS. After our meeting with a Certified Public Accountant, we were quoted at his rate of $100 per hour, it would take him anywhere from 15-20 hours to complete the filing for incorporation and the 501(c)3 paperwork. On top of that, there is an $850 fee payed directly to the IRS for those wishing to apply for 501(c)3 status. At most, this comes out to $2850, which is our target goal for this fundraiser. Any funds left over from this $2850 total if not used to pay the accountant and IRS will go directly to purchasing filters for the latest project, and will be proven with announcements on our website (projectpurus.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/projectpurus) describing exactly how much we had left and how much was spent on filters along with pictures.