September 10, 2010
We have until Nov. 15 to complete our CT-12 form for the Department of Justice in Oregon.
I got a good start…and then I stalled. Of course, I resigned from my job, gave up my apartment and moved to a new state and a new job since I had started the paperwork. However, I will soon need to pick up the paperwork where I left off. I don’t want to be trying to finish reporting our income and expenses for our recent fiscal year at the last minute.
And there are penalties and fees if I don’t hit the deadline. I’ll give myself a deadline of Oct. 9 at the latest, a good month ahead of the official deadline.
March 7, 2010
The Oregon Department of Justice requires non-profits to file a CT-12 form. Of course, I wasn’t aware of this requirement until I received a letter informing me that I had failed to file the CT-12 form for our fiscal year 2008-2009.
I filled in the form and returned it as quickly as possible. There’s a penalty if we’re late. Since we’re a new organization with a small income base, every dollar counts.
I got a phone call from a nice woman named Vorano, who explained I had not filled out the form correctly. She walked me through the details. I took notes and she send me back the form with the areas I needed to complete highlighted in yellow. Like Dorothy, I did my best to follow the yellow brick road.
And I procrastinated something terrible. I needed to go through our files and doublecheck our donations through June 2009 and our expenses for the same time frame. It wasn’t a difficult task; however, I made it difficult by assuming I’d get it wrong again. My fear of failure had me paralyzed.
Then I got a registered letter from the Oregon DOJ. They were waiting for my form and there’d be an additional fee if I didn’t send it in pronto. Fear of fees pushed me right past fear of failure…where Isis Initiative, Inc. is concerned.
Today I spent the afternoon going through our files and completing the form. I photocopied it and slipped it in the pre-paid envelope. It mails out tomorrow.
December 18, 2009
Alice Anderson is in town for the holidays. Alice is a board member and a college student at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. I’m refreshed by and grateful for Alice’s energy and perspective.
We had lunch at our local favorite McMennamins and trolled the Web looking for images of textiles from Africa and the Philippines, trying to find colors and patterns that would represent the countries and women we hope to serve with our scholarship program.
Alice discovered this blog: http://cesandherdishes.blogspot.com/. It features the work of a Filipina artist, C.P. Adorio. When we found the painting of the three women in traditional attire in a rural setting, we thought it was perfect for our purposes.
Oh, the power of technology. We sent the artist an e-mail and explained the mission and work of Isis Initiative, Inc. and asked if she’d be willing to let us use her photo on thank-you note for our donors.
The next day we received an enthusiastic response from Ces, the artist. Today I received a large jpeg file. And I learned she lives in Houston. We had imagined she was in the Philippines. I’d like to meet her and see her work in person.
Thank you, Ces. Thank you, Alice.