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  1. Hi, Rod.

    I’ve donated before and will consider it again in the future. You needn’t answer this, but I am curious why you do not apply for 501(c)(3) status? It seems just about everyone has their own “non-profit” these days, and they pay themselves a salary, pay for travel, pay cost of doing business expenses, etc. in return for providing “public outreach and education.” Yours is a worthy cause.

    Best regards & Merry Christmas,
    Jim

    1. @Jim Horner

      Good question. There are numerous reasons, but the most important to me is keeping overhead and non-research, non-writing time expenditures to a minimum.

      1. Rod, I felt the same way. I joined the Ethan Allen Institute as “Energy Education Project” rather than starting my own not for profit.

        I have no idea how many hoops a person has to go through to become a not-for-profit, but I remember that Suzy Hobbs Baker formed a not-for-profit, around the time when I was on the board of directors for her PopAtomic Studios. I remember her work as taking serious amounts of time, because you have to justify your not-for-profit status and write about all the good things you will do for society.

        On the other hand, many people start not-for-profits, as Jim says, so it can’t be impossible. 🙂

        1. @Meredith Angwin

          Establishing and running a non-profit certainly isn’t impossible. But for me the administration required is a burden I have no desire to undertake.

          I’d rather pay taxes.