Monday, September 15, 2008

I.R. S. Non-Profit Application In The Pipeline

The application for non-profit status for the Douglass Alumni Association, Kingsport is at the Internal Revenue Service for consideration.

President Doug Releford reported to the Alumni Board at its meeting on Saturday, that he sent the application for 501(c)(3) designation, along with the required $300 processing fee, to the government back in June. "The non-profit status will go a long way to financially helping the Alumni Association with many of its community projects," President Releford said.

The application was prepared by Jeffrey Faulkerson, former Kingsport resident and former president of the D.B Ebony Club. Jeffrey is the founder, president and C.E.O of Practical Solutions, a faith-based social service practice that helps parents work on education, relationships and planning for their children. He's also the author of "Raising My V.O.I.C.E," and has been featured on many radio programs and in several magazines. His website address is

In lieu of payment for preparing the application, Jeffrey has requested a donation by the Alumni Board to his non-profit organization, which the Board has agreed to. He is also establishing the recently re-formed Ebony Club as a non-profit organization, in an effort to continue the family teachings and doctrines that we all learned growing up in Riverview.

The I.R.S. is very thorough in its handling of non-profit applications, so it is generally felt that it will take 4 to 6 months for the application to be considered and/or approved.