FAQ: Is the Open Letter associated with any existing organizations?
There are two main reasons we decided to go it alone for now:
- Time. We are acutely aware of the urgency of this issue and did not want to delay our effort if we could help it. Establishing ourselves as a non-profit or finding one suitable for partnership would have put off launching the campaign for months, if not years.
- Focus. The scope of this campaign is very targeted. We didn’t want to dilute its purpose with the activities of another organization, or make anyone feel unwelcome because they aren’t involved with any potential partner organizations.
Our lack of affiliation with an established organization has drawbacks:
- Community. We have no built-in, ready-to-go community for raising the money to fund the ad. Every connection we’ve made and are making is hard work for us – work that is in addition to our normal, full-time jobs!
- Tax-Exempt Status. Contributions made to the campaign are not tax deductible. This is risky for us and inconvenient for campaign supporters, but we firmly believe the people contributing to this campaign are motivated by concern and not by getting a tax write-off.