Saturday, like any other day, I went to the mailbox and grab the day’s mail. It’s a ritual I often ask myself why I continue doing since most of the time it’s nothing but junk. But it’s the hope of finding a treasure among the trash−a handwritten letter from a friend, a commission check for app sales, a new issue of that creative magazine from Canada that I enjoy so much.
Walking up to the house, I shuffled through the stash and there it was. A letter from the IRS. I wasn’t expecting it for at least another one to three months. My heart started beating a little faster just like it did years ago when packages arrived postmarked from the colleges where Molly had applied. I tore it open while standing in the middle of my driveway…
We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
What started as a creative brainstorm, out-of-the-box thinking about helping my Asperger son find more meaningful employment has blossomed into an official tax exempt nonprofit where we can pursue a twofold mission as Autism Storytellers to:
- Give autistic individuals a platform and audience for expressing their hopes, dreams, successes and struggles…and get paid for it.
- Profoundly change how the world views autism…one story at a time.
I am both excited…and terrified! I feel a huge responsibility and yet a lightness of heart that comes from knowing to my core that this is what I am here to do at this point in time and in this way. And that means to use our creativity−to entertain while we educate about autism for understanding and acceptance, including self-acceptance and empowerment.
This past year, I’ve started building a solid foundation from which we can grow. Through grassroots efforts and support from so many of you, I’ve been able to introduce autism story apps, curriculum, and programs for empowerment and positive autism advocacy. I hope that you will continue to support Geek Club Books by sharing your stories and being active participants on our social media. This is the best way you can help us continue to grow and make sure we stay on mission.
And now that we’ve been given our tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 status, I can do the fundraising and grant writing that will expand these programs and help us continue to make an impact…one family at a time.