• MWnyc

    Right below the photo, just before the first paragraph begins, the dateline citing the source publication reads

    May 12, 2016; Plain Dealer (Cleveland, IN)

    The Plain Dealer is, of course, in Cleveland, Ohio.

    • Shafaq Hasan

      Hello, thank you for pointing this out to us. We have made the correction to the article.

      • MWnyc

        Wow, that was fast!

  • Bobcat1234

    I suspect the auto-revocation was, well, automated. So it happened lightning-fast, not just to this organization but to many, many other hard-working, much beleaguered, but much-needed charitable programs in the country. And no, most likely it will take months for the response to come. (I know this firsthand, having clawed my way through the reinstatement process for the program I work with). Even once reinstated, there may yet be hindrances to face. For example, the 990N form, specifically intended for tiny organizations, can ONLY be prepared and submitted online. Believe me, if you have been without tax-exempt status for any more than a month or two, finding a way to steward donors becomes practically impossible. “Please continue to support us even though the US government says we aren’t worthy??” It doesn’t have a very comforting ring. Truly small COMMUNITY-based nonprofits must have been all but wiped out by the auto-revocation. I see a lot of opportunism too, from large, monied national groups, claiming to need funding for local programs — but what they don’t tell donors is that the local programs are almost all ones that had been provided by LOCAL people and groups.

    Thanks NPQ, for covering this kind of situation. I think it’s a lot more common than most people realize. I wish Karamu House well. Let’s hope the resolution of this sets a positive precedent for grassroots charity!