“Too often, groups prey on the good nature of our people…”
“Last week we, Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), stood before the advocacy and shoulder to shoulder with organizations such as the Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, HSUS and others at the International Equine Conference and stressed the need for legitimate equine welfare organizations to come together and work as one in solving the issues revolving around the safety and future well being of our nation’s equines.
The operative word in that statement was, and still is, ‘LEGITIMATE‘.
And what does legitimate mean?
It means that a non-profit organization is first off registered and incorporated in it’s state of origin, WITH a verifiable physical address.
Secondly, to be tax deductible it needs to be registered with the Federal Government so that it gains the status such as a 501(c)3 which WHFF holds.
And finally, it needs to be registered with the Secretary of State in the states where it solicits funds from which WHFF is registered, at great effort and expense, in all 50 states.
Here on Facebook we often see a heart rending picture flashed up followed immediately by a plea for money, let the donor beware; there are those out there that live exclusively on your donated dollar versus using the money for it’s intended good.
Make sure your hard earned dollar goes to those who are transparent and have earned a high Guidestar rating.
You and the horses deserve nothing less than the very best.
This article, below, brings to light the darkness that lurks out there on the internet and here on Facebook…please proceed with caution and care. Be safe and keep the faith.” ~ R.T.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is not feeling real charitable toward Bit by Bit Equine, and he is warning Mississippians not to get in the saddle with the Pearl-based charity.
Hosemann says Bit by Bit Equine is not registered with the state as is required by law, and continues to solicit donations in Mississippi despite a cease and desist order by the Secretary of State’s Office.
“Just because a charity provides a service to Mississippians does not exclude it from registering with the state,” says Hosemann. “Too often, groups prey on the good nature of our people. Registering your charity with the State is the law — it provides much needed confidence to our citizens that the funds they donate actually go toward a charitable purpose.”
The Secretary of State’s Office was notified by a concerned citizen that Bit by Bit Equine, run by Stephanie Barnes Wilson of Brandon, was soliciting funds in the state. On four different occasions over several months, Bit by Bit Equine has been contacted by the Secretary of State’s Office informing the charity of the registration requirement. The agency also informed Bit by Bit its continued solicitation for donations without registration was in direct violation of state law.
Despite repeated notices, Hosemann’s office reports the charity never filed the proper documents to solicit funds in the state and continued to solicit funds in Mississippi. Therefore, the Secretary of State’s Office has imposed a penalty of $1,000 against the charity and has ordered them to cease and desist soliciting funds in the state.