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Help: We do not raise money but want to keep our platinum transparency

Question asked by javakitrick Partner on May 10, 2018
Latest reply on May 15, 2018 by robin.burdick

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd 27 2753994. 

We are a private 990PF. WE DO NOT RAISE MONEY. Your profile components  with respect to maintaining our platinum transparency does not seemingly  apply to us. e cannot answer most of the questions.  We are essentially a conduit foundation that comports with the 5% qualified distributions  that are mandated by the IRS and then some.

I want to remain Platinum as we do amazing things and have be awarded  many honors in OHIO, including the Governor's Arts Patron Award in 2017, the highest of honors.  I put our tax return on line last year and I do not see it.

You need a protocol for NFPs like Puffin Foundation West.  Our website puffinwest.org has blogs on every grant that we give (but not the amounts)  and have given since we obtained out 501(c)(3) in 2010. This is our Mission Statement for our gant application package that goes on line in August 2019:

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. (PFW) seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to citizen activist artists and Not For Profits organizations that often are excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. We know that Artists and the universal language of ART are able to reach across both physical borders and the boundaries of our imagination and in doing so are often able to peaceably transform our society’s ideas about social and civil justice issues. Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allows us to recognize our universal humanity. Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. is committed to supporting such grass-roots artists and organizations.

The Puffin is a metaphor for our work. This species once prospered off the coast of New England but was hunted almost to extinction for its feathers and for stew. In the late 1970’s, and shortly before her death, Dorothea (Mrs. Perry) Rosenstein, (the mother of PFW’s President) was part of a small group of volunteers who worked on a project with Dr. Stephen W. Kress, Director of the Seabird Restoration Program of the National Audubon Society to reintroduce Puffins back to these islands. This was the first attempt to restore a puffin colony and at the time, the outcome of the effort was unknown. Owing to these constructive efforts these birds did make a comeback. Puffin Foundation, Ltd. and PFW are named in tribute of this restoration project’s little bird because unlike Captain Kirk’s prime directive that you mustn’t interfere, many times you do have to step-up to make things right.

Alarmingly, the last two seasons have proven to be the worst breeding seasons for Puffins ever recorded, with the vast majority of chicks starving to death in their burrows. Global warming and the encroachment of civilization on these creatures' habitats has caused this disaster that has caused the sudden drop in the puffins’ food supply as certain small fish which they feed on are not "swimming" as far south as usual as the waters have warmed. The breeding pairs, which mate for life, aware of this travesty are also not mating. Puffins are not the only creatures facing mass extinction and we dedicate this year to the White Rhinoceros.

The Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. will partner and also help build community partnerships with other concerned groups and individuals to insure that the arts as a communication tool continue to grow and enlighten and enrich our lives. PFW is allowed by the IRS to accepts Grant Applications from individuals using their Social Security Number and NFP educational, cultural and social justice organizations for projects meeting our Mission’s objectives that utilize Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Theater, Photography, Film/Video, Writing, Poetry and Public Interest platforms.  

 

 

Java Kitrick, President/Director

 

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