Circle of Friends back in good standing with state, can seek donations from the public
After resubmitting an application and missing paperwork to the state, Grand Forks' Circle of Friends Humane Society learned this week it is back in good standing. Development Director Gary Shields said the animal shelter received word late Thursd...
After resubmitting an application and missing paperwork to the state, Grand Forks’ Circle of Friends Humane Society learned this week it is back in good standing.
Development Director Gary Shields said the animal shelter received word late Thursday it is now registered to solicit donations from the public.
In North Dakota, nonprofits seeking donations must register with the secretary of state’s office in order to be in good standing and legally able to solicit contributions.
The animal shelter’s status lapsed when then Executive Director Arlette Moen failed to send paperwork to the state. Moen was fired late last month following concerns over shelter financial procedures.
A letter from the secretary of state’s office shown to the organization’s board of directors at its Oct. 8 meeting said the paperwork had not been submitted and the shelter would be unable to solicit donations. It could still receive them during that period.
Having its active status back allows the shelter to continue asking for donations to pay for a van it plans to purchase, cover costs to repair its boiler system and allows it to begin holding fundraising events again, according to Shields.
Its next fundraiser, Five for Five, is scheduled for Nov. 10 to 14. The online fundraiser aims to raise $5,000 for the shelter in five days.
Thursday’s announcement also came just in time to allow the organization to meet grant application deadlines, Shields said.