On June 25, 2014, SOS Chairman Jay Meredith received news that SOS has been officially recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! Jay noted it took 15 months to achieve this status because a method for expediting our application was not available until recently. We are now “officially” a non-profit and due to the time it takes to achieve this status, as planned all past and future donations to SOS are tax deductible.
SOS can now apply for a much wider range of grants. Jay would like one or two SOS members to search out grant opportunities instead of having to rely mostly on fundraisers to earn money.
Trust and Transparency
Shane Simon reported that their group has a fire underneath them…lots of e-mails going around the committee…lots of numbers to work through…seeking to make a simple presentation that all can understand. Jay suggested also bringing out examples showing how our County’s safety situation is actually impacting people in addition to the nuts and bolts of our County’s budget / revenue challenges.
Shane: Main goal is trying to figure out the county budget. If the average person knew what’s happening in the criminal justice system and the youth justice system, there wouldn’t be a problem getting people to support funding…stories about what’s happening to kids and others would help put a face on the problem.
Hard Rock Mining
Jay reported that the committee is working on initiatives that will be environmentally sensitive and generate money for the community.
Sobering Center-Jay reported that it is also a 501(c)3 status. Money is tax deductible and the Grants Pass Sobering Center (a separate non-profit) is well on its way to getting both operational and building funding due in part to the hard work of the Sobering Center board and to achieving its non-profit status very quickly.
Jay reported August will likely be the start of the signature campaign. Cliff is leading this statewide effort. Cliff has approached many groups across the state to participate financially or otherwise in the signature gathering effort to come. This is a separate petitioners committee and information on this effort can be found at http://www.lotterylocalcontrol.com/
Run for the Law-Bill West
Trying to avoid conflict with similar event in White City. Bill will bring the date recommendation back to SOS, then will book with the timing group that handled last year’s race.
Bill was asked if the committee is considering having runners seek sponsorships. Bill thinks it is possible to have them do this.
Funding Solutions/CSOS (separate PAC)- Ken Smith/Pat Fahey:
Ken’s presentation – We need to immediately do focus groups, scientific polling and outreach via tables at community events.
Pat Fahey – We want to reach out to fire chiefs in the Illinois Valley and other rural areas.
Question: can we put a brochure about SOS together this summer so that we have them to hand out at these focus groups and other places that we go? Answer: Yes!!! There are limited funds available in SOS that could support production of materials for use at SOS table events like Saturday market, fairs, and things like the opening of the Cave Junction Skateboard park grand opening. Jay reports that SOS treasury has about $5,000 available.
CSOS is meeting weekly on Monday nights at the Brew Pub at 5:15pm (Monday July 7th the meeting starts early at 4:30pm).
Linda Scott is captain of the Outreach events and the August 16th Cave Junction skate park event.
Discussion about when the community could have another public safety vote – November 2014? or May 2015? Focus groups and polling efforts will help lead the suggested timeline and potential ballot measure.
Other Fundraising Ideas
Octoberfest in the Cave Junction area? Pat Fahey will check on a potential venue.