September 29th, 2009



Every year I have the opportunity at work to submit my volunteer hours to apply for a corporate grant to the charity or 501(c)(3) non-profit of my choice, and I have taken that opportunity for the past five years.  Every year I've hit the 75+ hour mark for the year and been able to apply for a $1,000 check.  Heck, two high level scrolls and I'm set for the year, never mind business meetings.

The forms come out at the end of the year, we fill them out and send them interoffice by mid-January, corporate does their thing, and some time in the "J" months we get the check to present.  This year however, it went down differently.  THIS year, corporate decided to mail the checks directly to the organizations.

This is a problem.

You see, they're keying off of the Taxpayer Identification Number.  And the taxpayer identification number for the SCA is in CALIFORNIA.  I've been hounding corporate outreach, and today they confirmed that the check has been cashed.  Except that the local seneschal hasn't received anything.  Which means that my check for $1,000 for the barony went to CORPORATE.


I'd like to hope that getting the money transferred to where I intended it to go will be simple.  I'd like to win the lottery also.  I have no idea if we're going to be able to pry it out of the corporate treasurer's hands or not, but I'm really irked.

So this afternoon I sent a firm but very polite note to the Society exchequer copying the baronial exchequer, and I explained the whole situation.  Hopefully there will be a fast, simple resolution.  And NEXT year, I am going to park myself in Don's cubicle with the form and make him show me how to fill it out so that checks for local chapters of international organizations get mailed to the actual local chapter.

Because I don't want to do this every year.