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POH awarded 501(c) 3 status

It's official

The IRS has awarded us 501(c) 3 status (phew, that took sixty pages of paperwork). We were registered as a corporation two years ago, but now we are recognized by the US government as a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Donations to Pursuit-of-Happiness.org (Teaching Happiness Inc) are now tax-deductible for the donors and we can apply for grants to many foundations. Amazingly we have come this far through pure volunteer power, thanks to the generosity of so many people who emailed us out of the blue or asked us if we needed a hand. Up till now I guess you could have called us an NIO, a "No Income Organization." One day I should blog about this.

CSS wizard comes to the rescue

John Wright of Sozosdesign, an expert in web design and CSS (the cutting edge of webdesign) has joined our team. As you can see, our website is now transformed, and will continue to transform as we turn into a multimedia trove of information on the science and philosophy of happiness.  Ideas on how we can improve our content and appearance are most welcome. Seriously.

About Mark Setton, D.Phil.

As the Founder and CEO of Pursuit of Happiness, Mark is dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge about happiness and depression prevention. Through his leadership since 2006, POH has expanded its reach to schools and individuals all over the world from across the United States to Beijing, China. As an Associate Professor of World Religions at UB with over 30 years of experience studying, teaching, and writing about East Asian philosophy, he teaches several courses on philosophy and world religions, as well as his favorite course called “Perspectives on Happiness.” In fact, he recently received an award for his work comparing philosophical and psychological perspectives on subjective well-being (SWB). He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Sungkyunkwan University, the only Confucian university in Asia. He has taught at the State University of New York at Stonybrook, the University of California at Berkeley, and Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate.

2 Responses to "POH awarded 501(c) 3 status"

  • roger muldavin
    August 25, 2010 - 5:22 pm

    Idea: On my imac, older metal case lap top model, the “name”, “Email”, and “Website” boxes are so thin and dim, I can hardly see them.

    Concerning “pursuit of-happiness”, that slogan was part of part of the preamble to the USA Constitution, it lost out in the final Bill of Rights Edition to “due process for property”.

    But the pursuit of NIO is a nobel (prize) goal, therefore “Skoal” [with Irish dialog]: “may the farce [forest] be with you”.

    Best from an internet b-log roller, rm

  • kim
    September 19, 2010 - 7:13 am

    I’m so glad that Jefferson, probably through the inspiration of Epicurus, improvised on John Locke’s right to “Life, liberty and estate.” Skoal to you Roger!