Saving Our Daughters has issued a new statement, confirming the revocation of the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax exemption status.
The statement reads:
Saving Our Daughters’ has been a non-profit since 1997 and received its 501 C-3 in 1998.
Many people are aware that in 2009 the founder of the organization, Curtis Benjamin, youngest daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor that required immediate chemotherapy and radiation in Atlanta. During this time, all of Mr. Benjamin’s time and energy was solely dedicated to his daughter and family. After 2 1/2 years of battling this disease, Iliss Marie Benjamin died in 2011, one month before her 13th birthday.
During these unfortunate times, Curtis disengaged in any organizations’ duties and in the meantime, the organization unfortunately lost its tax-exempt status. After grieving his daughter’s death and wanting to fulfill his promise to continue to help young girls, Curtis resumed his duties and passion for Saving Our Daughters. As of December 2013, the non-profit organization Saving Our Daughters has been engaged with the IRS and has re-submitted for its 501-C-3. It is expected that they will be reinstated in mid –year of 2014 and continue its programing causes for young girls in 2014.
All donations received past and present made to Saving Our Daughters will still be tax-deducible this year and in 2013 as well.
Saving Our Daughters
Isn’t this statement a little more important to donors and supporters than one (that’s since been deleted) about an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It’s a shame it took all this controversy for the organization to own up to it’s shady practices.
We also find it odd that while Curtis ‘disengaged in any organizations’ duties‘ — he still had time to plan and organize fundraisers and charity events over the last three years and collect money.