Big things are happened at CopperDog, and the biggest occurred this past summer. On August 9, 2012, CopperDog became an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization. (To be totally honest ... this event happened a bit earlier, since once the IRS approves your application your non-profit status is retroactive to the date of filing - which, in our case, was May 22, 2012.)
After three years of operating under the umbrella of Main Street Calumet, everyone agreed that CopperDog was viable, sustainable, and should be independent. Although this was a goal, becoming a 501(c)3 organization is no small feat and we are thrilled to have achieved it in only three years. (And, as an aside, getting through the IRS process in less than 90 days is almost a Guinness speed record.) We are grateful to Jim Lowrie, the CopperDog board of directors, and the Main Street Calumet board for their help in achieving this.
As exciting as this is for us, it's also just a legal footnote. Nothing has really changed at CopperDog. We still have our own board, are still planning two races (CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 40), and are still in need of volunteers and sponsors.
And we are still 100% committed to community vitality and involvement. Without the support of our Keweenaw communities it doesn't matter what our legal status is. We owe our independence and our success to YOU, our Keweenaw communities and supporters.
So here's to the best race ever, March 1-3, 2013, as we grow up together!