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May 17, 2010

Do Good - Closing Shop

It is with mixed emotions that I formally announce the dissolution of The Do Good Charitable Foundation,Inc.

The whole Do Good concept was conceived as the “next step” to enable us to be involved with charitable endeavors – namely feeding children in Guatemala. Since its inception, we did succeed in providing tens of thousands of meals to children in Guatemala, primarily through the annual calendar fund raiser.
Unfortunately, what we lack is an ongoing stream of support to keep us afloat. While our upkeep costs for mailboxes, UPS accounts, credit card services, e-commerce, etc are minimal, we’re currently in a position of bouncing checks shortly. In addition is quite frankly that nobody on the Board of Directors, myself included, has the time to turn it around. As a result, we risk being non-compliant with the various requirements necessary to retain our 501c3 status, including a new tax law going into enforcement today.

We currently have $216.96 in our bank account. As soon as our last upkeep costs are paid we will donate the rest of the funds to Orphan Resources.

The question of a calendar is sure to come up. If anyone has an e-commerce system that they would be willing to “lend out” for a 2011 calendar, let me know.

I want to point out that there are aspects of this decision that are quite sad. We put a lot of work into creating Do Good, much of which is an ongoing legacy of my dear friend Lesa who designed the logo and passed away last year. Financially, while Do Good did provide many meals, I can honestly say the “project” cost me over ten thousand dollars to get rolling. Kelly spent endless hours building the website and getting the e-commerce system functioning. We went through all the hassles of setting up accounts, getting proper paperwork filed, etc. But at some point we had to say it just doesn’t make sense to continue…

Thanks to all of those who supported the cause and please keep wearing the shirts… We’ll find something creative to do with the URL…

Posted by Kevin at May 17, 2010 12:16 PM
Comments

I unfortunately can't offer up any means of e-commerce for the 2011 calendar. But, I want to offer sincere and heartfelt thanks to Kevin, Kelly, and everyone else involved in Do Good (and Guatadopt) for all of your hard work, financial sacrifice, and huge amounts of time spent on behalf of the children of Guatemala. You are amazing and inspirational people. THANK YOU and God Bless, Sharon

Posted by: Sharon at May 18, 2010 03:41 PM

Sorry to hear this...it was a great idea with fantastic intellectual energy and enthusiasm.

Posted by: karenms1 at May 18, 2010 10:01 PM

sad :( but i totally understand.

Posted by: mommy at May 19, 2010 09:44 AM

So sad to hear this news but totally and completely understand.

Posted by: Ana01 at May 19, 2010 11:24 AM

Sorry to hear this.

Posted by: Marjorie at May 19, 2010 01:01 PM

Do you have any merchandise that you are still looking to sell? I love the t-shirts and water bottles.
I'm so sorry to hear about this.

Posted by: Julie at May 20, 2010 01:28 PM

So sorry to hear this. Thank you all for the time and love and dedication and money you did put into this to help others. You are truly good people.

Posted by: lisa at May 20, 2010 11:09 PM

Kevin why arent you guys on facebook i have looked for you is there anyway to save it or give it one maybe last go see how many kids we can feed before shut down? Just checking to see if maybe we plead on facebook for people to buy I know I would. Anyway not to pressure just asking.

Posted by: lisa at May 20, 2010 11:53 PM

Love our Do Good t-shirts and the amazing cause behind them. Thanks very much for all the time, heart, work and money you all invested in this amazing project.

Posted by: Liz at May 22, 2010 11:46 PM

The Foundation no longer exists. Credit card accounts and stuff are gone so I really can't "take any orders".

If anyone wants to do a fundraiser on their own, where the donation $ aspect is done through someone else, I'd be happy to supply shirts to the cause free of charge. The key thing is that enough $$ are donated so that the "I fed a child for a month" holds true. I spent the money to create the shirts a long time ago and could care less about getting that back if the shirts still go to the primary purpose - helping children in need.

But please realize that it needs to be bulk orders, not onesie twosie stuff.

Kevin

Posted by: Kevin at May 24, 2010 02:27 PM

I would buy one...

Posted by: gabe at May 24, 2010 07:33 PM

Thanks so much Kevin and Kelly for all that you did to get food to children. You did a lot of good, and worked so hard, and I personally am sorry that I did not do more to help.

Lizzie

Posted by: eb at May 25, 2010 10:15 PM
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