[hackerspaces] Time to process US 501(3)c application? (was Re: Dear hackerspaces, bad news)

Shirley Hicks shirley at velochicdesign.com
Mon Mar 17 17:31:52 CET 2014

Our space, the Red Mountain Makers, in Birmingham AL, is about to file our 501(3)c paperwork.
Randall, could you tell us how long the processing time was for your application, even with the shut down?
Would help us to know how long to anticipate. 

Shirley Hicks
Board member-at-large
Red Mountain Makers
5502 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35212

Email: redmtnadm at redmountainmakers.org
Home email: shirley at velochicdesign.com

On Mar 17, 2014, at 8:11 AM, Florencia Edwards <floev22 at gmail.com> wrote:

I think the owner wanted to make something that was half a techshop and half a makerspace
El 16/03/2014 15:14, "Randall G. Arnold" <randall.arnold at texrat.net> escribió:
> dosman nailed it.
> Tarrant Makers leadership came together in the usual organic fashion, and at first we were polarized over purpose.  Some of us felt building community first was most important (and even absolutely necessary), while others on our initial board sarcastically dismissed the very concept of community and wanted to rush out and whip up a makerspace out of... whatever.
> Over time the people who were impatient and didn't grasp the importance of community fell by the wayside... and the rest of us developed bylaws, best practices, plans and all of the other administrating gunk that we hate messing with but realize has to be done.
> So today we have a strong, grassroots 501(c)3 focused on educating our membership and helping cultivate employment opportunities for them, conventional or otherwise.  Meanwhile some other local ventures that tried the beg-and-build approach have failed.
> Sure, we were slow in developing (government shutdown sure didn't help-- held up our 501) but I believe we're well-positioned now to fulfill our purpose.  We're gaining sponsors and working on grant opportunities.  And so far, all on a 100% volunteer basis.
> Shoutout: MANY thanks to participants on this list and especially Dallas Makerspace for the guidance and inspiration!
> Randy Arnold
> Tarrant Makers
> http://tarrantmakers.org
> <big sniip>

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