My mailbox is not usually this exciting. When I opened the box today, there were three pieces staring back at me. Here are highlights from today’s mail call.

  1. JB’s family sent a thoughtful thank you note in appreciation for the recent help with groceries. “Thank you for all you’ve done for our family,” his wife writes. “The support your foundation gave us came at the perfect time – easing our stress which facilitates JB’s healing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
  2. Lori Drummond, President/CEO of Olympia Federal Savings, also mailed a kind note.  “We’re fortunate and grateful to have great leaders like you in our South Sound community looking out for our neighbors in need.  The mission of The Mayday Foundation is incredibly inspiring and we thank you for seeing a very real need and developing tangible strategies for families facing all the challenges that surround the battle with cancer,” she wrote.
  3. The letter from the IRS was a little less heartwarming, but marks a key milestone in the foundation’s history.  “We’re pleased to tell you we determined you’re exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3).  Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC Section 170.”

Thank you Mark Peternell, Jen Doehne and the team at Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell, PLLC for gifting your time and expertise to check my work and streamline the IRS application. You are appreciated. And, now I’m going to go update the footer on all my previous blog posts – changing the 501(c)(3) pending to 501(c)(3) approved!

Clearly I like mail.  If you want to send me a note, address it to:
The Mayday Foundation
3403 Steamboat Island Rd NW #337
Olympia, WA 98502

For tax purposes, our EIN is 82-3914026.


The Mayday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) approved non-profit organization that supports families with a parent diagnosed with cancer while caring for children at home. The Mayday Foundation can provide immediate, practical help with expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses. 

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