Finding Trustworthy Non-Profits: New IRS Rules Simplify New Charity Start-Up

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Recent reforms by the IRS have made it easier for small non-profits to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Previously, new charities had to fill out the 26 page IRS Form 1023, and provide detailed documentation on their operations and activities. Now, smaller charities can fill out the 3 page IRS Form 1023-EZ, pay a lower application fee, and qualify for faster approval.

Sounds efficient, but what’s the downside? Some experts worry that the new rules are too simple and the IRS is no longer asking enough important questions about each new non-profit that applies for tax-exempt status. Less scrutiny could make it easier for questionable organizations to operate as charities. With these new rules, how can donors and other supporters make sure a non-profit is trustworthy?

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One of the guiding principles of the FACE Foundation is transparency. FACE has been, and always will be, dedicated to transparency as an organization. We remain unquestioningly compliant with all legal regulations.

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We are proud to have been awarded Gold Seal status by GuideStar, an organization that gathers and disseminates information about non-profits in an effort to advance transparency. This recognition is GuideStar’s highest level of achievement, and demonstrates FACE’s commitment to honesty and transparency.

For more on the new IRS charity rules, click HERE, and to see FACE’s GuideStar profile, click HERE.

Dogs Welcome!

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It’s official…Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill 1965 into law!  This new law allows Californians to bring their dogs to patios and other outside areas when they dine at restaurants.  Previously, it was against state law to do so, even though many restaurants are already dog-friendly.

Local jurisdictions and individual restaurants may still prohibit dogs from outdoor dining areas, but the law eliminates the state ban against it.  Remember to keep your dogs in the designated areas and on their leash…and enjoy some al fresco dining with your best friend!

For more information on the new law, click HERE.

 

 

FACE Helps Military Families and Their Pets

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Did you know that the FACE Foundation has provided financial assistance for life-saving veterinary care to the pets of over 86 military families in the San Diego area? We are committed to helping families and their beloved pets live long, healthy lives together, including the many service members and their family pets who live in San Diego.

There are many great organizations dedicated to serving members of the military and their pets. Here are just a few programs that provide valuable assistance to active duty military, veterans, and wounded warriors…and the animals they love. Check them out to learn more about the amazing work they are doing!

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet (http://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/)
“Tails from the Front Line” official blog: http://tailsfromthefrontline.wordpress.com/

Provides foster homes for the pets of active duty military during deployment. They also provide pet care assistance for wounded warriors and homeless veterans. Their Warriors’ Angels program helps military members diagnosed with PTSD get assistance service canines to help improve their quality of life.

Sav-A-Vet (http://www.save-a-vet.org/)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaveAVet

Rescues former military (and law enforcement) working dogs and provides housing and relief to disabled veterans who help take care of them. The dogs are sheltered with disabled veterans in mutual healing and support.

Pets for Patriots (http://petsforpatriots.org/)
Official blog: http://blog.petsforpatriots.org/

Assists members of the military adopt at-risk shelter pets (adult and special needs dogs and cats, and large dogs). Provides veterinary care financial assistance and help with cost of food, toys, and other pet supplies.

Please join us in recognizing these terrific organizations!

Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act Introduced in Congress

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Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) recently introduced H.R. 5267, the Pet and Women Safety Act of 2014, in Congress. The official title of the Act is “To protect the pets of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence.”

According to Representative Clark’s official website, this bill is designed to help domestic violence victims who stay in abusive relationships out of concern for the safety of their pets. Studies show that abusers often target the pets of their victims to exert control over them. Sadly, domestic violence shelters are rarely able to accommodate pets.

This proposed legislation will expand federal law to include protection for pets of domestic violence victims, and also establish a federal grant program to assist in providing safe shelter for these pets.

For full text of the bill, and to track its progress through Congress, click HERE.

Electronic Cigarettes a Health Risk to Pets

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A 14 week old puppy from the U.K. named Ivy recently died after eating a nicotine capsule from an electronic cigarette. Despite receiving quick emergency veterinary treatment, Ivy did not survive the toxic effects of the nicotine.

This sad story serves as a reminder that both regular and e-cigarettes pose a danger to pets. Pets in close proximity to e-cigarette vapor are exposed to harmful substances, and the accidental ingestion of the nicotine capsules poses an even greater health risk.

Signs of nicotine poisoning in pets include vomiting, abnormal heart rate, incoordination, tremors, weakness, and collapse.   Nicotine is a fast-acting toxin and pets will show signs of poisoning in less than an hour.

Please keep e-cigarette items away from your pet, and be sure to seek veterinary treatment if your pet eats nicotine capsules, tobacco products, or nicotine gum.

For more information, click HERE.