Take Note: I personally prefer private donations,and would like to veer completely away from any government monies/grants..
The highest amount of donations have come from: Private donors,and that Is what I prefer! = not being from: grants/government,union,special interest ties...I appreciate the past MOHF grants,but private donations are prefered;I will be contacting the IRS VERY SOON! To Make sure they understand the concept.UPDATE: I SENT A LETTER TO THE IRS CERTIFIED,REGISTERED,AND THEY HAD SIGHNED -SO THEY INDEED RECEIVED IT.I HAVE STILL NOT GAINED A RESPONSE FROM THEM? MY ADVICE TO THEM IS THAT THEY WILL COMPLY.IF I KEEP SEEING MY ORGANIZATION ON THE WEB; BEING IDENTIFIED AS RECEIVING GOVERNMENT FUNDING - MY ADVICE TO THOSE PUTTING LINKS OUT AS SUCH -IS TO STOP DOING SO! IT IS NOT MY FAULT THE IRS SEEMS TO NOT BE LISTENING TO ME.
I TYPED THIS PRIOR TO SENDING THE IRS A LETTER:
I want everyone to know, and understand, that This Is mine and my husbands home,out-buildings,and personal property = It Is all paid with My/Our personal account, including: Insurances,Taxes.. are paid with my/our personal account-monies.I absolutely love my beautiful bear facilities, and rehabilitating, and observing bears,and educating the general public ,and I just want to set the record straight,and that Is; that we are not a government run organization! If the IRS Is not aware of this,and If I need to make changes within the 501c3 for any particular reason that may be suggesting that we are; I will be Making changes. Listen ;I respect many others whom work with bears, and I have a good communication for the most part with Maine State biologist,I am not saying it is perfect,but they certainly understand I do not play games, nor am I In the mood = We eventually get things worked out..I dislike special interest,ridiculous red tape,government,union influence at times = any sort of power grab! I have had some communication issues with MDIFW,and too past CPA's, Accountants...But I am moving forward ,and simply have been trying to get everything worked out and resolved.
Dawn L. Brown
Bear Rehabilitation,research & release
90 Mountain Road
New Sharon Maine 04955
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone# 207-778-2902