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To learn about HeatKills.org’s history, evolution and accomplishments, please go here. To see/download the press release concerning the HeatKills.org Seed Capital Fundraising Campaign, go here.
(1) Funds sought, and use of proceeds
(2) Anticipated tax-deductibility of donations to this effort, once HeatKills.org obtains its 501(c)3 approval
Or you can mail a check or money order to:
Branch Banking and Trust Company
1425 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Please note on your check, “For donation to HeatKills.org”
Written by Jon Sutz, creator of HeatKills.org
I seek to raise $30,000, which will be devoted to the following purposes (in sequence):
(1) 501(c)3 Application: $4,000. To pay a Virginia law firm (est. $3,600) to prepare and file application with the Internal Revenue Service ($400) for recognition as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity. (Note: I’ve already paid for and completed the process to become registered as a Virginia non-stock corporation, which is the first step towards applying for 501(c)3 status; approval here.)
(2) General & administrative: $1,000. Stationary and (initial) flyer printing, postage and various general expenses.
(3) Video simulation: $1,000. I will videotape an innovative simulation of what a dog endures when left in a car, even with the windows partially down, and even in what feels like a “cool” day to a human. The specifics of my approach will be secret until the video is unveiled, but it is designed to be more comprehensive than others that have been filmed for this purpose.
(4) Research $6,000: I will conduct research into the perceptions of, and insights on the heatstroke issue with a sampling of the various key interest groups who will be vital in helping to make significant, measurable progress towards solving it. This research will involve in-person and distance interviews with veterinarians, police chiefs and mall managers, and initial surveys of dog owners and the general public.
(5) Develop business plan: $18,000. I will process the research I conducted in (4) with the ideas I’ve generated over the past year, and allow my creativity and previous business writing experience* to develop a full-scale business plan. I anticipate this will take approximately three months to complete.
(*See Section 3: Leadership, for details)
To facilitate transparency & accountability, I will provide copies of bank HeatKills.org’s bank statements to donors, upon request (via email, PDFs).
The law firm that I intend to retain to prepare the IRS application and guide HeatKills.org through the process of obtaining its nonprofit approval, Skeen Law Firm, has provided me with the following notice to post on this page:
“HeatKills.Org, Inc. is seeking donations to support our educational and charitable activities and to help us fund our application with the Internal Revenue Service for recognition as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity. HeatKills.Org, Inc. plans to apply with the Internal Revenue Service for recognition of our tax exemption. We anticipate, but cannot guarantee, that the IRS will approve our application. Once our application is approved, any contributions made to HeatKills.Org, Inc. (even contributions made before such approval is received) will be tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”
With my “miracle dog,” Shayna, the inspiration for HeatKills.org.
My name is Jon Sutz. I created HeatKills.org in 2014. Learn more here.
I am a multi-media designer, writer and creative consultant, based in Charlottesville, VA (www.jonsutz.com). Since 1989, as a studio employee and consultant, I’ve provided creative leadership on advertising, educational, corporate communications and advocacy projects for clients throughout the U.S. and Southeast Asia, including Sharp Electronics, Intel, Entergy, the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, the American Productivity & Quality Center, and many others.
In regards to my applicability to perform on the most expensive tasks in this seed capital phase, regarding research, and writing the HeatKills.org business plan, here is some indication of my experience:
I consulted on the development of a business plan and marketing materials for a Virginia homebuilder, that it claims were vital in helping it to win the most prestigious national award in its industry; see details here. An excerpt from the client testimonial letter:
“Jon assured us at the onset that he would assist us in producing a business plan and application that would be immediately distinguishable from others. […] Needless to say, we were thrilled when the ABB judging committee announced that Gaffney Homes had won the America’s Best Builder Award. One judge specifically cited the easy to follow layout of our business plan as being a critical factor in helping to put us over the top.”
– Mike Gaffney, President & Founder, Gaffney Homes
In regards to research, you can judge the quality of my work from what I produced for HeatKills.org here, and other work I did for a particularly courageous American, a devout Muslim physician who is standing up for freedom, equal rights and America; details here and here. I also did extensive research for another courageous physician here.
Lastly, I recently completed my first book, an inspirational memoir about the “miracle dog” who helped to save my life after 9/11, and in whose loving memory I created HeatKills.org: “Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog.” And if you donate $20 or more to the HeatKills.org Seed Capital Fundraising Campaign, you can receive this e-book for free!
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