Stephen Ellerin is creating The Institute for a Positive Zeitgeist ("IPZ")
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Thank you for stopping on our Patreon page of The Institute for a Positive Zeitgeist. We hope you'll do so often.

Welcome to the launch of this Patreon-funded non-profit aimed at advancing the concept once called "Noblesse Oblige" - but in a new and relevant context:

Executive Summary:
We want to change the world;
We want your help;
Now… for the details:

Hate Is Too Much with Us…

In 1802, William Wordsworth wrote:
"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away..."

(https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-wordsworth)

This world needs to get back a little ‘heart’;

“Power without love is reckless and abusive...”
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Interesting concept.... But What the Hell Do You Mean?


Take a look at our name:
Zeitgeist - Zeitgeist is a German word compounded from:
  • zeit (meaning times) and
  • geist (meaning ghost -- in its original meaning of spirit, as in “holy ghost”).
Our mission, then, is to change the spirit of our times -- from the current climate of negative and contentious to a spirit (“zeitgeist”) of positive cooperation. In other words, we're all in this world together … and we'll all do better if we help each other.

And we need your help to to it. Please become one of our patrons!
And, because we’re educators, we believe that education can change attitudes. What we propose -- what we ask your help to accomplish -- is to educate the world. (Yep, thought we’d start small and work up.)

We’d better explain:

There was a time in our history when advanced nations -- what we now call the First World nations -- believed in the concept of noblesse oblige. Today, that phrase has a bad rap… yea, some of them got a little too carried away with imposing their idea of progress on the rest of the world…

... but originally, it meant that those who were born fortunate (born to the nobility) have an obligation to “give back” to those who were born less fortunately.

“If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.” -- Warren Buffett [perhaps the world's most successful creator of wealth; and yes, he gives back]

Although historically the concept of noblesse oblige was used to justify some pretty bad things, the concept, itself, has merit.

So, let us use these pages to dream... to create a vision for a more perfect society, a more perfect world. We can leave to others, for now, how to do it. The necessary first step -- this organization's goal -- is to formulate, articulate, and “sell the world” on that vision.

When people begin to look at a problem -- let's say, how everyone on the planet can have adequate health care -- from the perspective of “How can I help?” (rather than “how can I profit?”), then we will, someone somewhere will, come up with a solution.

Imagination is the preview of life's coming attractions...Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -- Albert Einstein

Hmmm... You Have My Interest -- So where does this Patreon come in?

There are thousands of nonprofit organizations out there dedicated to filling a particular need -- the need that they believe their community or the world needs most. There's no need for us to duplicate their missions.

Our mission, our goal, is to educate the rest of us … to foster a zeitgeist (spirit of the times) that says, “we’re all in this world together” --

Once we get the whole world believing with us… and acting accordingly… isn’t it likely that we’ll all be more willing to contribute generously (both time and resources) to all worthwhile causes?

So how will you change the geist of our zeit ??
Glad you asked:

The Founding Fathers of the United States didn't agree on much. In fact, had there been “open carry” at the Constitutional Convention, in 1787, some of them may have taken potshots at each other (and, if you know your history, you know that a couple of them eventually did). 

What they did agree upon was the need to reach an agreement. And the document that they forged - the American Constitution - has served us pretty well for over 200 years. 

Where is that spirit today?

What is the “spirit of our times” today?

One way to answer that is to look at the names of some of the magazines that dominated our culture recently.
  • In the mid-twentieth century, perhaps the premier consumer magazine was called Life. With a large format and high-quality photographs, the magazine tried to capture life in its times.
  • By the 1970s, Life was eclipsed by a magazine called People -- not all of life, just the people... until...
  • People was upstaged by a magazine called Us, which was, in turn, overtaken by one called Self.
And we might say that self (self-focus, self-centeredness, to the point of selfishness) has become our zeitgeist -- the spirit of our times. We can do better.

In the early 20th Century, corporations tried to sell us on the idea that what was good for big business was good for the country. In a cartoon called "Li'l Abner", written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), a character called General Bullmoose shouted often, “What's good for General Bullmoose is good for the country.”
Today's zeitgeist seems to say, “What's good for me is the only thing that matters, and if it isn’t good for me, I don't even want to hear it.” 

One of our greatest Founding Fathers (the one who actually penned the US Declaration of Independence), Thomas Jefferson, wrote, “I may not believe in what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Where is that spirit in today's virulent exchanges?

"We’re tired of all the shouting matches and echo chambers
on social media, and thought you might be, too."

-- Editor of Quartzy, a daily newsletter

Suppose you’re right …  What can we accomplish together in this Patreon?

Our objective here is not to promote a particular point of view; but, rather, to recreate the view that we are all interdependent. We help ourselves when we help each other. Humanity flourishes when the zeitgeist is overwhelmingly positive. (Not naive, “Pollyanna”-ish, but realistically positive.)


OK… this might work; What are you going to do with my money?

Understandably, we need some resources to bring this idea to the world, and to sell this idea to the world. Our plan is for it to unfold like this:

  1. Stage 1 - Our first goal is to produce a series of short, animated video clips; colorful, printable posters; and brief, digestible lessons (with lesson plans, for teachers) designed to help create and nourish a Positive Zeitgeist. We will aim these teaching/learning materials at a wide spread of ages, interests, and educational levels, to appeal to the widest practical variety of viewers.
    1. Visual Learning Materials: While we can self-produce our initial “teasers” (like the one you can watch in this profile), we want to move as quickly as we can to professional production -- not lavish, but professional enough to carry our message effectively. That means we need resources from Patrons like you to pay real professionals.
    2. Teaching Games: Gaming can be an effective way to teach behaviors. When a game player realizes that a strategy works in a game (such as practicing noblesse oblige), that behavior often carries over into real-life situations (from research and dissertation by Dr. Franklin Rubenstein, Stanford University, 1972). We plan to develop games geared to a variety of ages, from youth to adult, to advance this concept. That will take more resources -- regular commitments from Patrons like you.
    3. Some Patreon and LinkedIn partners have expressed interest in assisting. While this will keep expenses down, there will still be some costs. 

  2. Stage 2 - we will post these teaching/learning tools on the internet and encourage viewers to disseminate them through their networks, to spread the concept of a more positive zeitgeist. (Now, we’re making some headway.)
    Getting them viewed by millions will take some marketing resources (from Patrons like you.)

  3. Stage 3 - we will make these teaching/learning tools available to schools, civic groups, any organization interested in showing them and advancing thereby the positive zeitgeist.
    1. To do this effectively, will require “marketing” to identify potentially interested parties and to let them know our resources are available; To get us started, I will create a few “starter” videos to introduce our concept. (In my career, I have created in-house educational and training videos for some of the world's leading corporations). But, as soon as donations begin to roll in, we want to engage a team with the expertise to create some world-class videos… lessons that will really grab the everyone’s attention.
    2. This may take an official website, beyond Patreon; While, again, I can pull together a website to get us started, creating a world-class website will require a proven web designer/webmaster (and that means more resources, from more Patrons like you)
    3. It will also require us to bring along people who really understand effective social marketing (another consultant or staff person)

  4. Stage 4 - By now, we’ll have to have started seeking official non-profit status. In the US, that means what the IRS calls a 501(c)3 corporation.
    1. Yep, that means a lawyer or two (under “Tiers”, see our "Corporate Sponsor" category).
    2. However, with this designation and approval, we can expand our appeal to larger donors. Why? Well, read on...

  5. Stage ?? -- OK, thinking really big here. Eventually, we’d like to command enough support to meet with community, regional end even (gulp) world leaders to carry this message to them.

    As someone once said, when enough of “the people” (that’s us… you and me) believe strongly enough in something, our national (and even world) “leaders” better either pick up the banner (and actually "lead" us, for a change) or get out of our way.

OK -- I’m Sold: How Can I Help?

Become our Patreon… at any level.

And What’s In It for Me?
“No one can say s/he is truly alive unless s/he is giving life to others.”
-- Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

If you've read this far (and thanks! to all of you who have), you probably believe in our goal. (Thanks again).
Whether you become a Patron or not, our most recent graphic, lesson. or video clip will be available on this site, for you to view and share, to download and disseminate.

Patreons at any level will also have:
  • Early access: often paired with other rewards in the same tier
  • Access to our library of previously created video clips to download and spread the word.

Contribute at a higher level, and we'll throw in some extra goodies -

Reasons to become my patron:

So, you could just enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing something good. Or perhaps you just believe in the biblical concept of “tithing.”
But, let’s make this fun.

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is,
but in advancing toward what will be.”
- Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese-American writer, poet, and artist)

Check the “Tiers” section of this site for details.

.........................
Stephen has served as Lecturer at the University of Maryland (UMEC) and at the University of Connecticut (Stamford). He has also consulted with, and created educational and training programs for, some of the world's most prestigious corporations. As a volunteer, he has served as Chairman of the Service to Members of the Armed Services Committee and Chairman for Disaster Services of the Greenwich, Connecticut, chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the national staff of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Tiers
Commendable Non-Freeloader
$2 or more per month

You get early access to the basic patron feed
plus new and archived monthly streams.


Access:

  • Every month, we'll post one or two new video clips, each with another lesson that you or someone in your circle can disseminate to make (and teach a special group of people to help make) the world a better place. 
    • How Will I Know when My Next Segment Is Ready To download? 
      • Please check back regularly for your latest download. Initially, we hope to release at least one segment every other week.
    • Recall that we're all still learning here, so expect some flexibility, for innovation and learning as we go. ...
      Plus:
  • The Archive: To keep content fresh, periodically each mini-lesson goes into the archive. Patrons at all levels can access the complete archive.
Getting Serious about Noblesse Oblige
$10 or more per month

You get everything from the $2 level,

 

plus access to your choice of:

  • Enjoy reading?  Become a Patreon at the $10 a month level and download the latest segment of one of our novels…. OR...
  • Download the latest segment of our e-book How To Succeed at Harvard (or any other) Business (or Other Graduate) School. [Click here for the details and benefits of this one]
Distinguished Enabler
$25 or more per month
  • You get everything from all previous levels,
  • plus  “immortality” -- you’ll be mentioned in the credits of each new video that we make while you’re enrolled at this level or higher (naturally, you can opt out of this if you wish to maintain your privacy)

This level may also include exercises and practice sessions designed to turn your knowledge of the featured skills into real habits

Honorary Faculty
$50 or more per month

You get everything from all previous levels,

plus ,  

  • the opportunity to suggest new areas for exploration or new videos. Got an idea that will make the world a better place? Honorary Faculty can propose “places to go” 


Silly Stuff - we also create a cute "personality avatar" for you; it appears in every video that we produce that month.... and next to your name in the credits for as long as you're a patron at this level or higher.

I Really Believe in Education
$100 or more per month

Hey, if you don't ask, you never get.

 

If you subscribe at this incredibly generous rate, you'll really be helping us get our really valuable concept out to groups of people who really need them, so we can share them with as many people as possible. 

  • For your flagrant generosity, you get all the other rewards plus your name featured more prominently in the credits.
  • Once a year, you'll also get a Certificate of 'Fanship' or other equally useless but eminently displayable PDF file suitable to print out and frame.
Great Corporate Sponsor
$5,000 or more per month

 

Reinvest the benefits of your success to make the world a better place.

If you’re considering investing at this level:

  • One of our first goals is to generate enough funds from this Patreon site to secure 501(c)3 accreditation from the US internal Internal Revenue Service. Once we have even one donor at this level, it will become a “top level” pursuit. Until then, unfortunately, donations to this Patreon will not be tax deductible; we will, most certainly, let all of our patrons know when that day comes. 
  • Our attorney, who will volunteer his time for now (although, at some point, we realize that his firm will want him to start working “on the books”) recommends that we initially budget about $5,000 - $6,000 for this process. 
  • We also recognize that 501(c)3 status triggers other legal and accounting responsibilities that will require the attention of other (probably paid) professionals.
Goals
0 of 200 patrons
When I reach 200 patrons, I’ll engage a video editor to help me create and release a video per week instead of 1 per month.
1 of 1

Thank you for stopping on our Patreon page of The Institute for a Positive Zeitgeist. We hope you'll do so often.

Welcome to the launch of this Patreon-funded non-profit aimed at advancing the concept once called "Noblesse Oblige" - but in a new and relevant context:

Executive Summary:
We want to change the world;
We want your help;
Now… for the details:

Hate Is Too Much with Us…

In 1802, William Wordsworth wrote:
"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away..."

(https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-wordsworth)

This world needs to get back a little ‘heart’;

“Power without love is reckless and abusive...”
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Interesting concept.... But What the Hell Do You Mean?


Take a look at our name:
Zeitgeist - Zeitgeist is a German word compounded from:
  • zeit (meaning times) and
  • geist (meaning ghost -- in its original meaning of spirit, as in “holy ghost”).
Our mission, then, is to change the spirit of our times -- from the current climate of negative and contentious to a spirit (“zeitgeist”) of positive cooperation. In other words, we're all in this world together … and we'll all do better if we help each other.

And we need your help to to it. Please become one of our patrons!
And, because we’re educators, we believe that education can change attitudes. What we propose -- what we ask your help to accomplish -- is to educate the world. (Yep, thought we’d start small and work up.)

We’d better explain:

There was a time in our history when advanced nations -- what we now call the First World nations -- believed in the concept of noblesse oblige. Today, that phrase has a bad rap… yea, some of them got a little too carried away with imposing their idea of progress on the rest of the world…

... but originally, it meant that those who were born fortunate (born to the nobility) have an obligation to “give back” to those who were born less fortunately.

“If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.” -- Warren Buffett [perhaps the world's most successful creator of wealth; and yes, he gives back]

Although historically the concept of noblesse oblige was used to justify some pretty bad things, the concept, itself, has merit.

So, let us use these pages to dream... to create a vision for a more perfect society, a more perfect world. We can leave to others, for now, how to do it. The necessary first step -- this organization's goal -- is to formulate, articulate, and “sell the world” on that vision.

When people begin to look at a problem -- let's say, how everyone on the planet can have adequate health care -- from the perspective of “How can I help?” (rather than “how can I profit?”), then we will, someone somewhere will, come up with a solution.

Imagination is the preview of life's coming attractions...Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -- Albert Einstein

Hmmm... You Have My Interest -- So where does this Patreon come in?

There are thousands of nonprofit organizations out there dedicated to filling a particular need -- the need that they believe their community or the world needs most. There's no need for us to duplicate their missions.

Our mission, our goal, is to educate the rest of us … to foster a zeitgeist (spirit of the times) that says, “we’re all in this world together” --

Once we get the whole world believing with us… and acting accordingly… isn’t it likely that we’ll all be more willing to contribute generously (both time and resources) to all worthwhile causes?

So how will you change the geist of our zeit ??
Glad you asked:

The Founding Fathers of the United States didn't agree on much. In fact, had there been “open carry” at the Constitutional Convention, in 1787, some of them may have taken potshots at each other (and, if you know your history, you know that a couple of them eventually did). 

What they did agree upon was the need to reach an agreement. And the document that they forged - the American Constitution - has served us pretty well for over 200 years. 

Where is that spirit today?

What is the “spirit of our times” today?

One way to answer that is to look at the names of some of the magazines that dominated our culture recently.
  • In the mid-twentieth century, perhaps the premier consumer magazine was called Life. With a large format and high-quality photographs, the magazine tried to capture life in its times.
  • By the 1970s, Life was eclipsed by a magazine called People -- not all of life, just the people... until...
  • People was upstaged by a magazine called Us, which was, in turn, overtaken by one called Self.
And we might say that self (self-focus, self-centeredness, to the point of selfishness) has become our zeitgeist -- the spirit of our times. We can do better.

In the early 20th Century, corporations tried to sell us on the idea that what was good for big business was good for the country. In a cartoon called "Li'l Abner", written and drawn by Al Capp (1909–1979), a character called General Bullmoose shouted often, “What's good for General Bullmoose is good for the country.”
Today's zeitgeist seems to say, “What's good for me is the only thing that matters, and if it isn’t good for me, I don't even want to hear it.” 

One of our greatest Founding Fathers (the one who actually penned the US Declaration of Independence), Thomas Jefferson, wrote, “I may not believe in what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Where is that spirit in today's virulent exchanges?

"We’re tired of all the shouting matches and echo chambers
on social media, and thought you might be, too."

-- Editor of Quartzy, a daily newsletter

Suppose you’re right …  What can we accomplish together in this Patreon?

Our objective here is not to promote a particular point of view; but, rather, to recreate the view that we are all interdependent. We help ourselves when we help each other. Humanity flourishes when the zeitgeist is overwhelmingly positive. (Not naive, “Pollyanna”-ish, but realistically positive.)


OK… this might work; What are you going to do with my money?

Understandably, we need some resources to bring this idea to the world, and to sell this idea to the world. Our plan is for it to unfold like this:

  1. Stage 1 - Our first goal is to produce a series of short, animated video clips; colorful, printable posters; and brief, digestible lessons (with lesson plans, for teachers) designed to help create and nourish a Positive Zeitgeist. We will aim these teaching/learning materials at a wide spread of ages, interests, and educational levels, to appeal to the widest practical variety of viewers.
    1. Visual Learning Materials: While we can self-produce our initial “teasers” (like the one you can watch in this profile), we want to move as quickly as we can to professional production -- not lavish, but professional enough to carry our message effectively. That means we need resources from Patrons like you to pay real professionals.
    2. Teaching Games: Gaming can be an effective way to teach behaviors. When a game player realizes that a strategy works in a game (such as practicing noblesse oblige), that behavior often carries over into real-life situations (from research and dissertation by Dr. Franklin Rubenstein, Stanford University, 1972). We plan to develop games geared to a variety of ages, from youth to adult, to advance this concept. That will take more resources -- regular commitments from Patrons like you.
    3. Some Patreon and LinkedIn partners have expressed interest in assisting. While this will keep expenses down, there will still be some costs. 

  2. Stage 2 - we will post these teaching/learning tools on the internet and encourage viewers to disseminate them through their networks, to spread the concept of a more positive zeitgeist. (Now, we’re making some headway.)
    Getting them viewed by millions will take some marketing resources (from Patrons like you.)

  3. Stage 3 - we will make these teaching/learning tools available to schools, civic groups, any organization interested in showing them and advancing thereby the positive zeitgeist.
    1. To do this effectively, will require “marketing” to identify potentially interested parties and to let them know our resources are available; To get us started, I will create a few “starter” videos to introduce our concept. (In my career, I have created in-house educational and training videos for some of the world's leading corporations). But, as soon as donations begin to roll in, we want to engage a team with the expertise to create some world-class videos… lessons that will really grab the everyone’s attention.
    2. This may take an official website, beyond Patreon; While, again, I can pull together a website to get us started, creating a world-class website will require a proven web designer/webmaster (and that means more resources, from more Patrons like you)
    3. It will also require us to bring along people who really understand effective social marketing (another consultant or staff person)

  4. Stage 4 - By now, we’ll have to have started seeking official non-profit status. In the US, that means what the IRS calls a 501(c)3 corporation.
    1. Yep, that means a lawyer or two (under “Tiers”, see our "Corporate Sponsor" category).
    2. However, with this designation and approval, we can expand our appeal to larger donors. Why? Well, read on...

  5. Stage ?? -- OK, thinking really big here. Eventually, we’d like to command enough support to meet with community, regional end even (gulp) world leaders to carry this message to them.

    As someone once said, when enough of “the people” (that’s us… you and me) believe strongly enough in something, our national (and even world) “leaders” better either pick up the banner (and actually "lead" us, for a change) or get out of our way.

OK -- I’m Sold: How Can I Help?

Become our Patreon… at any level.

And What’s In It for Me?
“No one can say s/he is truly alive unless s/he is giving life to others.”
-- Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

If you've read this far (and thanks! to all of you who have), you probably believe in our goal. (Thanks again).
Whether you become a Patron or not, our most recent graphic, lesson. or video clip will be available on this site, for you to view and share, to download and disseminate.

Patreons at any level will also have:
  • Early access: often paired with other rewards in the same tier
  • Access to our library of previously created video clips to download and spread the word.

Contribute at a higher level, and we'll throw in some extra goodies -

Reasons to become my patron:

So, you could just enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing something good. Or perhaps you just believe in the biblical concept of “tithing.”
But, let’s make this fun.

“Progress lies not in enhancing what is,
but in advancing toward what will be.”
- Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese-American writer, poet, and artist)

Check the “Tiers” section of this site for details.

.........................
Stephen has served as Lecturer at the University of Maryland (UMEC) and at the University of Connecticut (Stamford). He has also consulted with, and created educational and training programs for, some of the world's most prestigious corporations. As a volunteer, he has served as Chairman of the Service to Members of the Armed Services Committee and Chairman for Disaster Services of the Greenwich, Connecticut, chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the national staff of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Recent posts by Stephen Ellerin

Tiers
Commendable Non-Freeloader
$2 or more per month

You get early access to the basic patron feed
plus new and archived monthly streams.


Access:

  • Every month, we'll post one or two new video clips, each with another lesson that you or someone in your circle can disseminate to make (and teach a special group of people to help make) the world a better place. 
    • How Will I Know when My Next Segment Is Ready To download? 
      • Please check back regularly for your latest download. Initially, we hope to release at least one segment every other week.
    • Recall that we're all still learning here, so expect some flexibility, for innovation and learning as we go. ...
      Plus:
  • The Archive: To keep content fresh, periodically each mini-lesson goes into the archive. Patrons at all levels can access the complete archive.
Getting Serious about Noblesse Oblige
$10 or more per month

You get everything from the $2 level,

 

plus access to your choice of:

  • Enjoy reading?  Become a Patreon at the $10 a month level and download the latest segment of one of our novels…. OR...
  • Download the latest segment of our e-book How To Succeed at Harvard (or any other) Business (or Other Graduate) School. [Click here for the details and benefits of this one]
Distinguished Enabler
$25 or more per month
  • You get everything from all previous levels,
  • plus  “immortality” -- you’ll be mentioned in the credits of each new video that we make while you’re enrolled at this level or higher (naturally, you can opt out of this if you wish to maintain your privacy)

This level may also include exercises and practice sessions designed to turn your knowledge of the featured skills into real habits

Honorary Faculty
$50 or more per month

You get everything from all previous levels,

plus ,  

  • the opportunity to suggest new areas for exploration or new videos. Got an idea that will make the world a better place? Honorary Faculty can propose “places to go” 


Silly Stuff - we also create a cute "personality avatar" for you; it appears in every video that we produce that month.... and next to your name in the credits for as long as you're a patron at this level or higher.

I Really Believe in Education
$100 or more per month

Hey, if you don't ask, you never get.

 

If you subscribe at this incredibly generous rate, you'll really be helping us get our really valuable concept out to groups of people who really need them, so we can share them with as many people as possible. 

  • For your flagrant generosity, you get all the other rewards plus your name featured more prominently in the credits.
  • Once a year, you'll also get a Certificate of 'Fanship' or other equally useless but eminently displayable PDF file suitable to print out and frame.
Great Corporate Sponsor
$5,000 or more per month

 

Reinvest the benefits of your success to make the world a better place.

If you’re considering investing at this level:

  • One of our first goals is to generate enough funds from this Patreon site to secure 501(c)3 accreditation from the US internal Internal Revenue Service. Once we have even one donor at this level, it will become a “top level” pursuit. Until then, unfortunately, donations to this Patreon will not be tax deductible; we will, most certainly, let all of our patrons know when that day comes. 
  • Our attorney, who will volunteer his time for now (although, at some point, we realize that his firm will want him to start working “on the books”) recommends that we initially budget about $5,000 - $6,000 for this process. 
  • We also recognize that 501(c)3 status triggers other legal and accounting responsibilities that will require the attention of other (probably paid) professionals.