The year 2016 will prove to be the year that “The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation” emerges as the charitable organization that was envisioned when the need behind our mission was first realized 10 years ago.
What most supporters of SALSAL likely do not realize is that 2015 saw the dissolution of the original “Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation” and the birth of the existing organization, “The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation”. In an effort to maintain transparency, an overview of the organization is presented so that we may communicate what has transpired and what is ahead.
February 2015: The original “Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation” Board of Directors votes to dissolve the organization
March 2015: Several members of the previous Board of Directors begin discussion to reincorporate the organization under a new tax ID number. Desmond Bell, one of the original founders of “Save A Leg, Save A Life” is granted permission by the State of Florida to retain all naming rights, logos, trademarks and intellectual property of the original SALSAL, for the creation of a new organization, which is incorporated as “The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation”. Bell retains “The Foundation Group”, a company that provides organizational assistance and mentoring to non-profit organizations.
April 2015: “The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation” is incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501 c 3 charitable organization. New Federal tax ID number is issued to SALSAL: 32-0467696
May-December 2015: Bylaws are drafted and approved by the Board of Directors with regular meetings of the Board held by conference call. Original Board of Directors include: President, Desmond Bell, DPM: Vice President Charles Andersen, MD; Paulita La Plante, Treasurer and Herb Yost, Secretary. Yost resigns due to work commitments. Gabrielle Lynch is elected to the Board and serves as Secretary.
Bank accounts are opened, including an administrative account and a philanthropic account. A voucher system is created with the assistance of the Foundation Group, that will allow SALSAL to raise funding at both the local and national levels, with the purpose of assisting those in need with the purchase of items and services, such as diabetic shoes and socks, wound care supplies, and medical screening services (PAD, diabetic foot and vision).
Our new Website (www.TheSALSAL.org) is launched and new Social media sites are also developed.
Application for status as a 501c3 charitable organization is submitted to the Internal Revenue Service by the Foundation Group, on behalf of The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation. The application is 122 pages long.
September 2015: A soft launch of the “White Sock Campaign” is met with much enthusiasm in Jacksonville and on Social media sites.
January 2016: The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation receives confirmation by the IRS that is has been granted 501c3 status.
Gabrielle Lynch resigns as a member of the Board. The Board of Directors elects Amy Kozsuch as Secretary and also elects James Calder to an additional Board position.
February 2016: Application is submitted to the State of Florida to request legal authorization to solicit funding and grants as a charitable organization.
March 2016: The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation is granted authorization to solicit funding and contributions by the State of Florida.
As we are now authorized by the State of Florida to seek funding for SALSAL, several final housekeeping items must be addressed. We have already inquired into obtaining general liability insurance for the organization. This is critical for the protection of the Foundation and it’s members. We cannot function without such coverage.
Re-organization of Chapters: From a legal standpoint, presently there are no officially recognized Chapters of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation”.
As an organization, we are excited and honored by the enthusiasm of SALSAL Nation that has not faded during the challenges of the past few years. The Board of Directors recognizes the importance of our Chapters and has taken the steps to address formation of new Chapters. Previously operating Chapters will be vetted to ensure the terms of our Chapter agreements and mission are executed accordingly.
Role of Chapters: The core principles of SALSAL remain Education, Outreach and Advocacy. Giving back to our communities will become a greater focus of our Chapter efforts.
Local Chapters will be expected to create public awareness through screenings and fund raising events that will emphasize issues surrounding amputation prevention, including relevant concerns pertaining to diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. Chapters will also help identify those in need who may benefit from the philanthropic mission of SALSAL.
The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation will provide guidance and recommendation to local Chapters to assist with such activities.
Industry sponsored dinner and lunch meetings are being de-emphasized due to concerns with the Sunshine Act, and inherent risks that could jeopardize our 501c3 status.
Specifics have been developed regarding new Chapter formation or re-establishment of previous Chapters.