Friends of the Zeiss Public Statement For
Telephone: 412-561-7876 By Glenn A. Walsh:
Electronic Mail: < email@example.com > Friends of the Zeiss -
Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org > Incorporation and
2008 May 27 Fundraising Efforts
afternoon. I am Glenn A. Walsh of
First I want to thank the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District for the time spent, at the last meeting,
discussing our concerns regarding the historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts. I also want to thank Rob Jones for speaking with me,
at length, following the meeting. One of your primary messages to us was that Friends of the Zeiss should be raising funds to
help preserve the artifacts. I want you to know that we heard that loud-and-clear.
As I explained to Rob Jones, the reason we have not done so up until now is because the City has given possession of the artifacts
understand that you feel we should have a more formal organization, so that we could be in a position to start fundraising, should
we achieve access to the artifacts.
On the day before last month’s RAD Board meeting, an opportunity arose for me to learn more about non-profit fundraising.
At that time, I learned that a workshop titled, “The Vintage Observatory: Thriving in the 21st Century,” would occur May 2 to 4
Among the many sessions was a session titled, “Crash Course in Fundraising for Vintage Observatories,” presented by a professional
fundraiser who has helped the Cincinnati Observatory—in fact, she lives a stones-throw away from the Observatory! So, I will be
using my notes, and the handouts, from her session as a guide as I learn more about fundraising.
To get to the point where we could begin fundraising, Friends of the Zeiss needs to become a non-profit corporation. With the assistance
of a Friends member who is an attorney, I have started investigating all of the requirements for this. I hope to begin filing applications
within the next month for incorporation and for non-profit status. From what I have read, the IRS is the slowest to respond, so
501(c)(3) status may take some time.
With your encouragement, we have begun the process that will lead us to the point where we could begin fundraising for preservation and
possible use or display of the historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts. Once we reach that point, we may need your help in achieving access
to the artifacts. I will contact you at that time.