This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
While celebrating its 20th year, the Notebook has reached another important milestone this summer. In July, the nonprofit’s application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was approved by the Internal Revenue Service. This completes the Notebook’s move to become an independent, tax-exempt organization.
Our thanks go to Resources for Human Development, which housed the Notebook as a project for its first 19 years, and to the Investigative News Network, which served as fiscal sponsor for the past year since the Notebook incorporated and moved into its own home in Center City. INN also provided valuable advice on the application for tax-exemption. Special thanks to attorneys Jared T. Zane and Emmeline Babb of the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, who provided pro bono legal assistance throughout the Notebook’s process of incorporating as a nonprofit and filing for tax-exempt status.
The IRS ruling allows the Notebook to directly accept tax-deductible donations from individuals and foundations.
Independence doesn’t mean the Notebook has any less need for your support. More than three-fourths of the nonprofit’s budget comes from contributions, including memberships. Become a member today: You can join for $40 or more by filling out the membership form. Membership contributions are tax-deductible.
Space for rent
The Notebook is looking to share its office space with freelance journalists, public interest media professionals, or a small media organization. Located upstairs from PhillyCAM, the city’s public access TV station, at 699 Ranstead St., the Notebook is interested in developing this as a nexus of media organizations that can network and learn from one another’s best practices.
The space includes a conference room and break room, networked printing, high-speed FiOS Internet and Wi-Fi, and 24/7 building access. If you are interested in securing space, contact associate director Neeta Patel, at 215-839-0082 ext. 104, or email email@example.com.
Summer slide series
Over the summer, graduate student intern Dorian Geiger produced a seven-part multimedia series for the Notebook about summer learning loss.
The series, called “Summer lost: Stopping the slide,” details the problem and local efforts to address summer learning loss, including the new READ by 4th initiative.
Funded by a grant from the Samuel S. Fels Fund, Geiger produced a weekly video on the topic. Episodes included a look at the challenges facing cash-strapped families who struggle to keep kids learning over the summer, the particular challenge of the summer slide for immigrants, and the role of technology in addressing summer learning loss.
You can view episodes on the Notebook website at thenotebook.org/summer-slide-series.