Why was The Mayberry Foundation established? What does the name represent?
The Mayberry Foundation of Cleveland was created to help the community renew “the way it used to be.” The name “Mayberry” represents the simple life, neighbors helping neighbors, ice cream socials and street fairs. As time goes on, most in society are too busy with the pace of life to relish the moment. We hope that by creating The Mayberry Foundation, citizens are encouraged to be drawn back a day when there was time to put an effort into community relationships. Read more about the inspiration behind The Mayberry Foundation by clicking here. You can also read a letter from the founder, which outlines the basic mission.
Who runs The Mayberry Foundation? Who sits on the board of directors?
TMF was founded by Cleveland native Brandi Ball. The board of directors is comprised of two Cleveland citizens and a former resident who received their appointment from the founder. Karen Woodrell, Debbie Ball and Brian Carr sit on the inaugural 2013-2014 board of directors.
Are your board meetings open to the public?
The board meetings are closed to the public. However, we will have several special meetings with our volunteers and members of the community. If you have a community-service proposal you would like us to consider, please e-mail your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the board will consider placing it on the agenda for the next meeting.
Are you recognized as an official nonprofit?
Yes. We are registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State and registered as a nonprofit civic organization in that state.
How do I know my money is going to fund service projects?
The foundation is comprised of honest Cleveland natives whose priorities lie with making the city a better place. Rest assured that all money will be spent with great responsibility so that the greatest impact can be felt by all. And, if for any reason you have questions about our finances, all you have to do is ask. We are in the process of obtaining 501 (c) (3) status. Under tax laws, the IRS will require us to make our 990 forms public if requested. We have no reservations about doing so. We believe that if we solicit donations from the public, it is our duty to keep them updated as to how their money is being spent. In addition, none of The Mayberry Foundation’s staff receives compensation for time spent doing the organization’s business, so 100 percent of donations are put back into the community. You can donate by clicking here.
Can I volunteer?
YES! There’s no such thing as too many volunteers. Please let us know of your desire to volunteer with our service projects. Send an e-mail to email@example.com. We welcome individuals and we highly encourage friends, families, neighborhoods, clubs, churches, sororities and businesses to volunteer as a group. You can sign up to receive more information about volunteering by clicking here.
Are you on Facebook?
Absolutely. Please join us there! You can find us at facebook.com/mayberryfoundation.
Is this a political group?
No, this is not a political group. No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall be devoted to attempting to influence or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements with respect to) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. We will exercise our personal right to vote, which is given to us by the Constitution of the United States of America, but The Mayberry Foundation as an entity does not endorse candidates. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit group as outlined and demanded by federal tax laws. As a public charity, we are allowed by such laws to engage in some lobbying activities – lobbying in this sense is working to encourage passage or defeat of legislation at any level. Also, we reserve the right to speak out on issues and actions we feel are directly related to our cause and to residents of the community – advocacy in the broadest sense of the term – which is a time-honored activity for nonprofits of all sorts.
Is this a religious group?
No, this is not a religious group. We are simply a community service group working on a broad spectrum of projects that we feel will benefit the citizens of Cleveland. Although not a religious group, the members of the board strive to conduct their personal lives, corporate lives and work in the nonprofit sector with Christian principles.
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.
Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on the future generations.”
– George Bernard Shaw