The Enable Community Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock 501(c)(3) corporation created to support the e-NABLE community and its goals through a variety of programs including operations, research and development, outreach, education and training for users, families, friends, students, teachers, makers, and medical professionals.
- Enable any child or adult to receive a free or very low cost experimental upper limb prosthetic.
- Openly share research, development, designs, and training to help people of all ages to learn how to create assistive devices and, where possible, practice “get one today, make one tomorrow.”
- Support and develop an online community of digital humanitarians using new and old technologies to create and distribute free or very low cost assistive devices.
In the spring of 2014, Jon Schull, the founder of the e-NABLE community, asked some of the members to join him on an informal Strategic Planning Committee (SPC). In the fall of 2014, Schull and Marla Parker, one of the members of the SPC, worked with pro bono attorneys at DLA Piper to create this non profit corporation.
In January 2015, the Enable Community Foundation signed a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the Fab Foundation in order to accept donations until getting an approved 501(c)(3) exemption. In April 2015, we filed our 1023 application for 501(c)(3) status and Ivan Owen joined the board of directors. In June 2015, the IRS determined that we are exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the code, and that we are a public charity and may receive tax-deductible donations.
The Enable Community Foundation’s directors manage the Foundation as per the bylaws, in consultation with volunteers and organizations that are actively working with the e-NABLE community. In May 2015, the SPC disbanded and replaced its weekly closed meeting with a weekly Town Hall meeting broadcast via a public Hangout On Air.
This foundation was originally incorporated on October 10, 2014, as the Enabling the Future Foundation. Here is the Enabling the Future Foundation – Filed Certificate of Incorporation. The most interesting part of the certificate is section 3.1.1:
To undertake, or support, projects that provide free or low cost assistive technologies to disabled and other needful individuals, to support free and open collaboration in design, fabrication, and delivery of such devices; also, to provide education and training to users, families, friends, students, teachers, makers, medical professionals, and others, especially addressing the need for free or very low cost assistive technologies, to partner with other corporate, academic, and aid organizations engaged in related activities, and in furtherance thereof to undertake, or make donations, contributions and other distributions to organizations engaged in, such activities;
In January 2015, we renamed the foundation to be the Enable Community Foundation. Here is the Enable Community Foundation – Name Change Certification (DE). If you need our EIN or a W9, please let us know by email.
Here is the Enable Community Foundation 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS.