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Seller needs to get the letter for documentatiopn/IRS N/P


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Posted by dryguy on February 06, 2003 at 21:26:55:

In Reply to: Re: recipients and my vision of this posted by shadindigo on February 06, 2003 at 16:40:25:

:Fair warning... a degree of devils' advocacy is in this response. The spirit and intent is to try to help think things through, not to start a urination contest.

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:::I absoulutley did not mean for the folks in GA to be the sole recipients of the donations. It's merely A START. It's a FIRST suggestion.

:Didn't mean to imply that you did. As you say it's a start, better than what is out there currently. What I'm trying to convey is there is potentially something larger to be supported as well as a larger inventory of potential participants.

::It's my hope to (very simply) have a list of "approved" donatees who are either researching indigos / educating the public about indigos / or protecting indigo habitat and are in need of assistance. In my opinion, the individual breeder making the donation should choose which of the organizations to contribute to.

:Not intending to be adversarial, just trying to help flesh out a good idea...but how is the short list decided? I would offer that an individual breeder, should h/she choose, could opt to donate to the cause of their choice w/o an organization to assist them in their choice.

: Maybe we can communicate as to which has the greatest IMMEDIATE need, etc and make suggestions, but I have no desire to take the breeders money and distribute it...or to TELL them where to donate the money they earned.

:Dog-gone this one sided medium and my inability to use it to communicate successfully! I'm not minimizing of the plight of the Eastern or the effort in GA, and as a forced Floridian I recognize the immediate need. The rapidity of habitat destruction here is staggering and Easterns don't adapt well. I'm certain you didn't intend to collect/administer/distribute the funds yourself but if some such structure as this does not exist why have the organization?

: I don't want to have a formal conservation organization here, with expenses and employees etc...just a group of breeders donating a portion of their sales to various groups who we deem worthy for their efforts.

:Again, great idea, should it be called the "Beneficent Eastern Indigo Breeders Cartel"? (OUCH, did I just say that? putting on the body armor now...) Just presenting another side and I know this is not the intent. If it's just going to be about breeders and their voluntary contributions, why solicit input from those that are not in the breeding business?

:The group getting each donation would send a letter to the BUYER of the snake thanking him for his / her donation and thus making them feel the money they spent on the snake is doing some good. I don't think it has to be so complicated.

:Unfortunately, when disposition of others' funds is involved it gets complicated. A lot of issues can come up. Again, great idea, fully supportive. Any effort/commitment is better than none.

:Regards,
:Jeff Nichols

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