•How to make a contribution to ISWFACE:
•Our non-profit 501(c)3 organization letter from the IRS
How to view our annual tax reports to the IRS and State of California
Thank you for your interest in our organization. First, you should know that all of our staff members work as volunteers. From fund raising activities to webpage design, page layout, graphics, posters, etc.- all work is done by volunteers. In fact, volunteering for us can be considered a contribution, and, if you are a student, you may be eligible to receive class credit for your time. (Ask your professor for more information.)
Your donations go directly toward operating expenses, computer equipment, software and our art projects.
Because we are a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization, we can offer you a tax deduction and upon receipt of your contribution, we will send you a letter for your tax preparer.
Donations can be any size, from $5 to whatever - all will be most appreciated and you can continue to visit our site to see the progress we are making.
Please make checks payable to :
8801 Cedros Ave. # 7
|TO MAKE A DONATION THROUGH PAYPAL: (Funds donated through this link go directly to ISWFACE, however, for our records, please note on your donation that you are making a contribution to ISWFACE)||
Click here to see a copy of our tax ID letter from the IRS. We obtained our permanent status as a 501(c)3 organization in 2002. If you would like to see our annual tax reports and files, you may make an appointment to visit our office Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. An appointment is necessary at least two weeks in advance.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please see the HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER link.
Glad you asked! Indeed there is - we can use your gift of:
* frequent flyer mileage
* (open dated) transportation discounts and special offer valid around the world
* hotel accommodation discounts
* computer equipment- new or used (preferably Mac computers and peripherals
* computer software (we must be able to register it, so no pirated or copies of software)
* camera, video and lighting equipment
* printing equipment
* office space (if in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles)
Why should you send your money to US instead of all those other terrific, worthy, non-profit causes out there which mail you endless streams of letters begging, pleading for your hard earned cash?
We are offering you an opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution to the first non-profit and most unique art organization in the United States created by former sex workers to benefit artistic sex workers internationally.
We've shown you only a few examples of the art and culture by and of sex workers, past and present. You know that there are many, many incredibly talented men and women around the world who also happen to be in sex work of some sort.
We know that you have questions about where the money goes and we don't expect you to send us a gift until we give you some answers.
Feel free to give us a call, write us or email us if you have any questions which aren't answered here. CONTACT US
*SHIPPING AND MAILING EXPENSES
Our general daily mailing expenses are enormous. The costs of preparing an international exhibit will be high.
*INTERNET AND INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE AND FAX COSTS
Since we are an international organization, we have to contact our affiliated organizations world wide. Many do not yet have e-mail addresses and the regular mailing system is so slow that we cannot rely on the mail service to send and receive information about our time-critical projects. Yes, we use Skype and it is most effective for conference calls and keeping in touch with our colleages. But it does cost money and we also need an internet connection to use Skype.
*PRINTING/ART REPRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
We currently lease some equipment and will need to purchase more color printers that will enable us to reproduce the beautiful art work sent to us by sex workers, so that we can design a line of products to sell and become self- sufficient (See Becoming Self Sufficient)
*COMPUTERS, VIDEO EDITING AND DIGITAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT
We have so much information to post on our web site as well as to scan, we need state of the art equipment that will allow us to do this as quickly as possible. The equipment that we now have is slow and we are unable to handle the volumes of information that we are receiving and creating. For our web site, we need to use video editing equipment to create the cyberspace library and information center which will allow us to show video and audio interviews online.
*SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO CREATE OUR CYBERSPACE GALLERY/ MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
We need a very large domain to store all of the art, information and library. To create the massive web site, we have become our own server, which requires special equipment and computers which are located in Nevada. We have chosen Nevada for locating our equipment because the prices charged by the private colocation company are cheaper than those in California.Some of the expenses are:a computer workstation located with webmaster, one at ISWFACE office (must be dedicated equipment used solely for web information exchange)
special software, backup drives and transparency/negative scanners for art work
Web security, maintenance and update billed at $40 per hour through our webmaster, with a 10% discount for non-profit organizations
*SALARIES - REIMBURSEMENTS
Even though we currently do not have any salaried employees, building a foundation like ISWFACE takes an enormous amount of work- it is a full time job. If we are to develop all of the projects that we have proposed, at some point we must hire people who can devote their full attention to doing the best job possible.
Additionally, we will need to reimburse our field directors and others who spend large amounts of time working on specific projects. For example, when an art exhibit is schedule, we will be required to hire specialists who will transport and install the often fragile art work. In addition, it will be necessary to reimburse the field directors in the host city for their expenses and the time they devote to making all the arrangements for the exhibit.
While many non-profit organizations spend in excess of 50% of their budget on salaries, we are committed to keeping our salary budget under 25% of the total annual budget.
Again, because we are an international organization and our members, field directors and other affiliates come from countries around the world, we will need much money for travel expenses. For our cultural exhibit, we hope to sponsor a few of the performance artists who will attend from developing countries.
Additionally, we are hoping to develop our international speakers bureau this coming year, and want to be able to sponsor them to attend conferences and other speaking opportunities. We will need to purchase plane, train and bus tickets plus pay the travel expenses such as meals and hotel accommodations for our speakers.
*ART /OFFICE SUPPLIES
Office supplies include paper for printing program, reproduction of art work, toner (color and black ink) new drum units for copier, replace worn out parts, etc., envelopes, paperclips- all the usual supplies which are used in the operation of any business.
For the film and the arts festival, we will need to purchase material for mounting the art work, as well as display boards, glue, cutting boards, matt boards, etc. We also need to pay for renting space and the cost of renting specific films we wish to show.
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