I shared yesterday that a lot has been going on behind the scenes at Purpose Coffee. A big part of that has been figuring out our operating model as we transition out of the church in which we originally started.
Which has meant a lot of phone calls with the State. A lot of calls to our accountants. A lot of time on websites trying to figure out what in the world that government-speak actually means. A lot of time talking with business owners who have gone through this before.
After months of back and forth, we decided that we are quite unlikely to be granted a 501c3 since we manufacture a product. So, we are moving forward as a corporation, with the same commitment to giving all of our proceeds to the charitable causes that inspired this business. Unfortunately, a small part of that will now have to go to the government for income taxes – but our commitment and the spirit behind the business remains the same.
We will also maintain a separate charitable fund with additional oversight for donations and sponsorship, so that your generous gifts can remain tax-deductible.
In addition to moving out of the church, we had to prepare a place to move into. We have been renovating a building in Dalhart to house our roasting and online order fulfillment. About 100 hours later, we have all of the necessary licensing and I am proud to add “Certified Food Manager” to my resume (even if I did have to learn way more about illnesses contracted from eating bad fish than I ever wanted to know!)
Throughout all of this red tape and seemingly unnecessary steps to legally operate a hobby coffee roasting business that doesn’t generate any income for our family – the same question kept popping into my head: Is it worth it?
Is the time, and investment, and hassle worth the return?
And then I opened my e-mail yesterday and found an update about one of the projects we funded last year. If you remember, our primary beneficiary from last year’s Run for a Purpose was a school expansion and renovation project in Ethiopia.
Inspired by the money we raised, the family that operates the school was able to almost triple our initial investment – thus giving the money needed to expand even further than originally planned, so that they can offer classes through the fourth year.
We started that movement, you guys. You, and me, and the people we told about Purpose Coffee, and our churches, and our neighbors and friends. Kids who wouldn’t otherwise have an education, are getting educated.
And that is worth it. The kids we are able to help – they are worth it.
(And let’s keep the impact going – sign up for the 2016 Run for a Purpose!)