START of SC is Officially a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit
After a long and arduous application procedure that started in 2019 and required multiple
reapplications during the Covid crisis, START has now received a letter from the IRS stating that START is exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501 (c)(3).
This is great news for our membership as we continue to support other non-profits. Future
fund-raising opportunities now have the opportunity to receive matching funds from other
foundations when available.
START Board members were invited to participate in the Venice Suncoast Rotary Club ceremony on January 31st honoring Mary Beth Hansen, owner of the Paradise Grill, as the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Award for “Service Above Self for Outstanding Community Service for 2020-2021”. We were applauded for providing 250 volunteer hours to help Mary Beth and her staff furnish over 16,000 meals to those in in need. They prepared the free hot meals, ready for pickup, every Friday night for seven months. START members helped by distributing the meals through car windows as the recipients drove
Each year, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce nominates local businesses to compete for Business of the Year Awards. Not only was START nominated in the Non-Profit/Not-For-Profit category, along with 27 other contestants but we also were a finalist. Interestingly enough, we have already supported 6 of our competitors in some fashion. Not bad for an organization less than two years old!