Friends of the Zeiss                                          Public Statement For

P.O. Box 1041                                                                        Board of Directors,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.                       Regional Asset District

Telephone: 412-561-7876                                                      By Glenn A. Walsh:

Electronic Mail: < friendsofthezeiss@planetarium.cc >      Friends of the Zeiss -

Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org >     Incorporation and

2008 May 27                                                                          Fundraising Efforts

 

Good afternoon. I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mount Lebanon, Project Director of Friends of the Zeiss.

 

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

to the Science Center, and we could not ask the people to give us money to preserve artifacts of which we have no access. Still, we

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

at the Cincinnati Observatory. Although I had less than a week to make necessary arrangements, I did attend the entire conference.

 

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.

 

Thank you.

 

gaw