Amendments to BLIA’s two fundamental documents, the BLIA Articles of Incorporation and the Constitution, were unanimously approved paving the way for BLIA to become a 501(c)(3) corporation. Following this vote, a completed application was submitted to the IRS. On April 30th, we received formal notification from the IRS that our filing was approved. Achieving this designation will (1) allow your contributions to become tax deductible; (2) enable us to receive grants without using a surrogate that charges us 10%; (3) allow us to be sales tax free; and receive other minor benefits. Special thanks to Frank Shipp and Judy Brodeur for their tireless efforts in completing this process.