If you happened to be awake in the 11pm hour last night (ET), you may have noticed something odd happened. We posted a link to a fundraising page on Facebook & Twitter and then - with no warning - removed all links to it.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a mistake… maybe we posted too soon, maybe there was a glitch, maybe the link was wrong or maybe we changed our minds.
The real story, however, is a little less obvious but completely amazing, even to us.
We’re in the final steps of finishing the establishment of SPART*A. Along the way, we’ve run into the costs that come with that process including the website, an email provider and accounting & legal services. We’ve thus far been able to handle most of those costs on our own. We discovered last week, however, that the final hurdle was much larger than we realized. To file for 501(c)3 status with the IRS, we face a filing fee of up to $850. We decided it was time to raise money from the membership.
There was no guarantee it would work, but we knew our members were ready to support us and it was time to ask for help. So, we set up a fundraising page, explained our need, and published the link.
And then… it happened. Within an hour a single donor, someone who identifies as a military veteran and member of SPART*A, placed the full amount into our hands.
We were amazed. And stunned. It was an incredible moment as we quickly began trying to figure out who this angel was and how we could thank them. As we learned more, we were moved by their story and it gave us a fresh boost of confidence and momentum after realizing how tired this process has made some of us. Shortly after, we pulled down the link because we had reached our goal.
SPART*Ans, you are amazing. You’ve followed us for so many reasons and supported us through this hectic and fast-paced process of starting a membership-based organization in under three months. So we’d like to take a moment and thank not only the angel who stepped up immediately - but all of you who put your trust in us to build something you can be proud to be a part of. The journey is just beginning, but the vehicle we’ll take together is almost complete.
Here’s to you, and here’s to “getting it done.”