Friday, November 9, 2007

Finally Official

After months--and I really mean months--The Lily M. Foundation Inc. is a legal entity. On October 22, 2007, the State of New York granted it nonprofit corporate status.

The next step is to apply for tax-exempt status. I have been promised that this is a much longer, more frustrating process that can take years. It's a step worth taking, so we'll do it.

I've been hesitant to push the foundation's programs until we were official. But, that's about to change. The scholarship program will have to be downsized due to financial concerns, but scholarships will be given next spring. Lily's Friends and Lily Pads are ongoing projects. The Lily Pads project is the beneficiary of December's charity knitting project for the online Knittinghope group.

I want to thanks Laura Wilson-Martos for designing the blog buttons for Lily's Friends and Lily Pads.

Check back to get the latest news of The Lily M. Foundation.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Welcome to The Lily M. Foundation

Welcome all who have found their way to the blog for The Lily M. Foundation. Founded in 2007, the foundation has two primary purposes. Through Lily's Friends, the foundation will assist in paying for veterinary care for the pets of seniors and individuals in need. It is also hoped that, in time, the program will also be able to give grants to shelters and rescues to help defray the cost of veterinary care for animals under their care.

The other program is called The Lily M. Literacy Campaign. Without an ability to read and write, one's ability to live a high-quality life is severely compromised. The Lily M. Literacy Campaign aims to create a renewed interest in reading and writing through reading programs and contests to encourage writing. In July 2007, the program will award prizes to the boys and girls who read the most pages during the Ottumwa (Iowa) Public Library's Summer Reading Program. In the spring of 2008, the program will award scholarships to graduating seniors in Allegany County, New York.

The Lily M. Foundation is going through the process that will lead to becoming tax exempt under IRS 501 (c)(3). If you would like to make a contribution anyway, please contact

Stay tuned for the latest in foundation news.