1-Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter
2-For profit instead of non profit
1-So we decided to go with Indiegogo instead of Kickstarter for a crowdfunding campaign because they let you keep the funds even if you do not reach your goal. We have two weeks left and need all the help we can get!
2-I also met this last month with several CPA's and attorney's going over the pros and cons of being a 501c3 non profit and then a LLC For profit company. After taking time to think over it, we have decided to go with the LLC for profit direction. The biggest reason why is because of tax reasons and with a non profit, you are limited on options of what you can use the finances for and who can be involved in the presentation. Time was another issue, it takes MONTHS to get approved and we feel it is imperative that we get going ASAP.
We will NOT be making any money off of anyone who needs help. We plan on working with sponsors and other ways to create funds so that we can offer the concerts at a minimum cost to the schools. We will partner with other programs to help after the concerts so we can help as many as possible. Kids will not be charged to be involved with ARISE.
3-We plan on having a preview show in January 2014 so we can invite Admins, counselors, sponsors, and anyone else to view and see exactly what we want to do in the schools. Invites will be sent out in the coming months. We are excited to share what we have to offer!