It’s just a legal designation, but achieving 501c3 status is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build Barnstable’s first dog park. In May, we finally received confirmation that our application for non-profit, tax exempt status has been approved. This is important because it allows us to offer tax-deductable benefits to donors as well as exempts us from paying federal income taxes on the funds we raise. It also enables us to work with the Town of Barnstable to formalize our plans for site selection and develop a major gifts program from corporations and other local businesses who support this recreational asset. A big thanks goes out to Hilary Sandler and the team that worked on the application.