This was the email I sent out to accompany my letter: Of course, at this time I am not a legally established charity. While my goal is to eventually get 501(c) status, it will be a while to make sure the charity is sustainable and for me to get the funds I need (for application purposes) as well as write up my mission statement and other documents. I'll also need to find a team of people that are willing to serve on the board. It's quite a bit to get all that done, but I refuse to sit by and do nothing all because I'm not "official". Here's the letter I wrote. I'm having to copy/paste from a Word document, so bear with me.