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OSMI Approved as 501(c)(3) Organization

September 22nd, 2016

OSMI Approved as 501(c)(3) Organzation

We're even more official! Today, we receieved a letter from the IRS informing us our application for exemption from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) has been approved.

We are now an officially recognized 501(c)(3) Nonprofit. We will be able to seek out grant opportunities, as well as tax-deductible contributions. Also, future donations will be tax deductible under IRC Section 170. We have a few logistical things we're working on, such as setting up our bank account and getting our finances in order.

We're estatic that we were approved so quickly and we would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors. We wouldn't be here without every one of you. Thanks for the continued support!

OSMI Applies for 501(c)(3) Status

September 7th, 2016

We want to give everyone a quick update on our nonprofit process. This morning Ed filed our 1023-EZ form that is our official application for 501©(3) nonprofit status.

What does this mean? Beside us being about $275 lighter, we are still not an “Official Nonprofit” according to the Federal Government, although we are still a nonprofit corporation in the state of Indiana. We should expect a response in 90 days (probably less). The response will either be a letter stating our application was approved or a request for more information.

For now, we’re just waiting on a response.

Thanks to everyone that has donated to OSMI. You’re the reason we’re able to do these things, and we have a lot cool things in the planning stages. If you would like to volunteer to help please send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get you into our ultra exclusive (not at all) Slack channel.

If you would like to donate you can still do that here: osmihelp.org/donate

We're official!

August 18th, 2016

Articles of Incorporation

One of our stretch goals from our latest fundraising effort was to form an official nonprofit. Before you can apply for 501 status you have to first start your nonprofit at the local level. Yesterday (August 17th, 2016), we formed a nonprofit corporation in the state of Indiana. We also applied for (and received) an EIN number from the IRS. The official name of the organization is "Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ltd". Our next step is to file for 501 status which we will be doing in the very near future. We'll keep you updated as we proceed through the application process.

As an official nonprofit we have a board of directors that are in charge of the governing of the organization. Ed Finkler will be serving as the chairman of the board. The board members of Open Sourcing Mental Illness Ltd are as follows: Jennifer Akullian, Joe Ferguson, Gary Hockin, and Jenn Turner.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters, donators, and everyone who has helped spread the word about OSMI. You all have had a major impact in what we have been able to do so far and we're excited about where we're going from here.

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Mental Health in Tech Handbooks Now Available

May 4th, 2016

OSMI Guides for Promoting Mental Wellness in the Tech Workplace

Today we’re proud to share something OSMI has been hard at work creating for the greater tech community: Open Sourcing Mental Illness Mental Health in Tech handbooks. The three handbooks offer general guidance on Mental Wellness in the Workplace, Guidelines for Executives and HR Professionals, and Guidelines for Employees.

It should be noted that each of these resources are a work in progress, and each will continue to evolve as the standards for mental health support in professional settings evolves. Please, help us by sharing these resources and expanding our efforts to provide direction in creating supportive workplaces for those dealing with mental disorders.

Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Mental Wellness in the Workplace – Within this guide you will find an overview for the landscape of mental health support in tech today, as well as mental health in the workplace examples, guidelines for developing mental healthy policies, communication tips and more.

Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Executives and HR Professionals – This guide covers information on The Americans with Disabilities Act, EEOC Enforcement guidance, and suggestions for accommodating employees with mental health impairments.

Mental Health in Tech: Guidelines for Employees – This guide provides information on The Americans with Disabilities Act and enforcement guidance specifically for the employee, as well as suggestions for reasonable accommodations for mental health impairments and more.

NOTE: These documents were compiled by Open Sourcing Mental Illness contributors using WHO, EEOC, and other guidelines; these contributors are not attorneys and the Open Sourcing Mental Illness materials do not constitute legal advice of any type.

For more information on OSMI’s resources, visit OSMIhelp.org/resources, or to find out how you can help change the way we talk about mental health in tech go to OSMIhelp.org.

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