We personally thank every single one of you for your maintained support during the slow process of making this dream a reality. As promised, your patience will be rewarded...
For a long time I've been arduously working on a post trying to explain all the details of why we're not yet operational and why we haven't been communicating. It's due to your support that I feel you deserve to know the detailed reasons for the sudden disappearance that began only months after publicly announcing the idea for this nonprofit business. As I was struggling with sorting out what to say I realized I was making something simple overly complicated. The bottom line is a very simple thing, and that's until the past few months I've been too sick to work on furthering this business. One of the reasons my illness served as an inspiration to create this nonprofit is because of how being sick got in the way of my ability to lead a normal day-to-day life. Until not too long ago it had again been doing just that.
We are now ready to get things underway though, and although it doesn't show on the outside, we've already started. There are so many things to announce I don't know where I should start... So in brief the following are some things we'd like to share with you:
- Although not yet reflected on Facebook we've officially changed our name to "Eclectic Giving". In the first months after we announced our plans we received inquiries from both potential customers and vendors suggesting an interest in being able to buy or sell products outside the scope we were restricted to by our old name. It wasn't a big leap for us to see that having the ability to move with the market into new sectors is the best way for us to reach our philanthropic goals. The name change is the reason we're asking people not to promote the FB page right now; we can change the name as long as our fan numbers don't increase by much.
- We've begun the process of legally becoming a 501(c)(3). We're working with a wonderful nonprofit organization called the Foundation Group that will handle everything for us. As a nonprofit themselves their fees are nominal and more than worth it. As long as our application is approved anytime in 2013 then all business conducted during the year will be considered that of a nonprofit.
- Behind the scenes, the creation of our website and webstore at Eclectic Giving is currently being constructed for us by Volusion pro-bono because we're an honored member of their "Stores to Change the World" program. In addition to building our site they will also design an improved Facebook page with a fully functional store, redesign our Twitter account, create our first Pinterest account and the full redesign of this blog is part of the deal too. They will also build an eBay store for us! Additionally, we can be found on Foursquare.
- We will soon announce new members of the Board of Directors. This is incredibly exciting, yet we still have a few more seats to fill, send a message if you have any interest in joining, if you've contacted us in the past on this subject please do so again.