JOY is a 501 c (3) organization, per IRS ruling, so your donations are tax deductible.
Who, When, Why
I created JOY in 2009 because non-profit philanthropy is the business model for using your resources to promote specific causes, or create new charitable projects. If projects existed that were doing what you wanted done, you could just give them money. I wanted a structure that would ‘explain’ what we were already doing with investment of time, money, space, resources – an interface with the wider world that might generate some collaboration. I hope to inspire people that money helps love do stuff; that it follows our intentions and investment; that it can be used creatively to create ‘Catholic cultural initiatives’.
As an official structure, JOY could conceivably help mediate funds from bigger granting organizations to small, ‘on-the-ground’ projects in a way an individual could not. JOY could help small projects when even start-up costs like copying, supplies, postage, would be prohibitive. I hoped to get others to invest time, creativity, energy, with JOY’s help. I hoped JOY would be an example to others that a home is a center of philanthropy, as it is of education, health care, and enterprise.
I would love to have dozens of tiny family projects and foundations operating in the area. When we multiply the number of people mediating money, we humanize and concretize it and multiply its effects. Inefficiency is a plus! In a corporation, stockholders have voting shares. I would like for family & friends to ‘own’ JOY with me – to take an interest in and help direct its efforts. We’ll need a ‘real’ Board, but just now, everyone’s busy working on Catholic cultural initiatives.!
THANKS for your interest in the JOY Foundation!
Contributions to Joy Foundation are gratefully accepted:
Joy Foundation * 18240 Northwind * Lawrence, KS 66044
And God bless you for helping, by the way!
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Charlotte Ostermann, JOY’s Director, welcomes you to receive, participate, donate, and respond…FREELY!