BSSC Fundraising Plan
On March 6, 2014, the BSSC’s application for tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) was approved by the IRS. All contributions made to the BSSC are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The BSSC is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. The effective date of exemption is June 11, 2012 the date the Center was incorporated as a Domestic Non-profit. This public charity designation allows BSSC to move forward with their applications for funding – critical financial support that is needed to acquire equipment, facilities, and support the Financial Assistance Program. BSSC’s fundraising efforts are focused on activities to include letter solicitations, special events, social media campaigns, and corporate sponsorships.
The BSSC seeks funding from a variety of sources, using a combination of private donations, grants and special events. BSSC is positioning its application pool to include corporate giving programs and the latest social media. Advancement is driven by the Chair of the Fund Development Committee and Board President with the assistance of the Fund Development Committee made up of members of the BSSC Board of Directors, Advisory Board as well as members of the community. The commitment begins at home, and all members of the BSSC Board of Directors are expected to contribute needed professional services and/ or direct donations to the organization.
Applying for grants of all types and foundations known to assist with start-up costs is a continuous process. BSSC is setting its sights on social media “crowdsourcing” venues such as Kickstarter, though each of these funding types generally involve a minimum 3-6 month period from application to notification.
Corporate “in-kind” gifts are also being sought to help round out the many supplies and materials required to deliver quality programming. Special Events raise both funds and visibility, and are carefully considered in light of costs and effort vs. possible return. BSSC participants learn more than sailing and science – they acquire life skills such as accountability, independence, self-reliance, confidence, good sportsmanship and team work. Our sea and science programs aim to produce positive growth in all our students beginning on the very first day they set foot in the Center. By combining sailing and science, our participants have the opportunity to gain understanding and respect of what “good stewardship” of the ocean and marine environment is all about. This sea and science package is a valuable investment. Your financial support helps to create passions that will last a lifetime.
Here’s How to Make a Gift or Learn More
By contacting Pauline Dion, President of BSSC at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 207.350.5357.
By mail: Boothbay Sea and Science Center, PO Box 332, East Boothbay, Maine 04544
By Giving to the Wish List
BSSC welcomes contributions from individuals or businesses wanting to donate tangible assets (new or gently used, in good condition). Please click on “Wish List” for more details and/or contact Pauline Dion at (207) 350.5357 for more information.
By Corporate Giving
BSSC offers many opportunities for event sponsorship with marketing opportunities, financial assistance and community service outreach initiatives. For more information please contact Pauline Dion at 207.350.5357
BSSC has a need for volunteers who are committed to support its mission, vision, goals and core values. BSSC welcomes volunteer involvement from their special projects and on-going programs to support at special events. For more information about how you can contribute your special skills and time in helping us to build our programs, please contact Pauline Dion at 207.350.5357.
All donations and gifts to the BSSC are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Contributors of gifts-in-kind are solely responsible for obtaining assessments of value for their records and are responsible for transporting their craft and/or equipment to a location requested by BSSC.