Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:33 PM
Let me assure you that this post is on-topic; if anyone has doubts about that, just check out the description of this meetup group on our welcome page. I am forwarding this email from Karen Coyne, an activist who organizes the Compassion in Action Club in L.A., which just received tax-exempt status from the IRS (HOORAY!!). Karen has a terrific organization which educates and actively involves youth in animal advocacy. Read below for details and how you can help this group achieve even more! To contact Karen Coyne directly, email [address removed].
For the animals,
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Please join me for a Cyberspace toast...because I just opened the letter from the IRS that says they are pleased to inform me that The Compassion In Action Club is "exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to The CIA Club are deductible." This means, in short, that The CIA Club is officially in business more than ever before.
If you or someone you know would like to work on commission by bringing in money for this organization, please contact me immediately. The money is out there, we just need to let people know who we are and how we will make the world a better place. We are turning teens into compassionate leaders. In what better way can you spend your time and money than on making future generations more compassionate toward each other and toward the innocent animals who deserve a life free from suffering?
I estimate that this year the organization will cost me approximately $16,000 in out of pocket expenses, and this is without spending money on things we really need to make the organization HUGE. Now that we have the 501(c)(3) status we can be more aggressive with our requests for donations. I'm fortunate now to have Bruce MacVicar working with me on a voluntary basis, so if I'm to keep him on we will need donations.
Please help. I'm not sending this email to very many people. If scam emails can be passed along as freely as they are, I have faith that a well-intentioned email asking for help to make the world a better, more compassionate place where no animal has to suffer will also be forwarded.
Please forward this email to everyone you know. We need 1) volunteers, 2) workers paid on commission, 3) donations, 4) contacts to be added to our email list--- go to www.theCIAclub.com to add the contact info.
A few things we have done in just the last year:
* Had speakers at public schools talking to students about compassionate lifestyles
* Built libraries of compassionate books in school libraries
* Secured vegan lunches in every secondary school in the Newport-Mesa school district
* Had vegan potlucks for students
* Showed films to students, such as Earthlings, Eat This!, and Behind the Mask
* Raised funds and contributed time to other non-profits that help animals, such as HSUS, Vegan Outreach, and Compassion Over Killing
And things we'd like to do if we had the money:
* Take fieldtrips to animal sanctuaries
* Open more chapters of The CIA Club in more schools
* Improve school lunch options
* And MUCH, MUCH more...
Changing the world one bite at a time,
Karen Coyne, President & CEO
The Compassion in Action Club
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things man will not himself find peace." -Albert Schweitzer