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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Funding amount suggestion... Reply with quote

I have not done a business plan yet for this - no time available, and it has such a wide span of proposed interests and activities - but I was told of a couple in the USA who donated US$5 million towards a research library in the USA which assisted in their own genealogy search.

It hardly seems likely we would even find a single donor for such an amount to the CHPI, but I do think that if such a venture is to survive for the long term there must be better than adequate financial backing and reserves, and that US$5 million is probably the kind of amount we should be holding in order to make a start.

We should be able to buy or build a structure that is suited to the purpose, not have to "make do" as many others have to. For the core purpose alone we should be able to experiment to create the model which is to be exported to other islands - all that takes capital, and designing/perfecting the exported model is only a small part of the core purpose. There are many other things - as I indicated by the "Departments" of this Forum - the CHPI should legitimately and actively be involved in.

I think that either we do this properly or not at all. I would not leave my own future financial security for something that is under-funded and under-supported, and I would not expect others to do so either - although nowadays many business people think is is an acceptable practice to tear people out of established careers to populate a company they have no intention of continuing in the long term at the outset.

Same for equipment... it is really a "nice thing" to have equipment and supplies donated, but if the machinery has no appreciable life or is not working, and would cost more to repair/maintain (in a specific time frame) than to buy a new unit, why waste the resources when they could be put to better use?

Next, not-for-profit status... it has been suggested to me that this should be registered in the USA or Canada for tax purposes - anybody have other suggestions? I assume the USA may be best, because that is where the biggest pool of money is, and where I assume is most desirable for people to want their donation written off, but I am sure there may be other good locations (and reasons).

If you have any suggestions or resources from which we could accumulate funding for this Proposal, please feel free to name it/them here... with a link, if possible.

Thank you for your participation...

Jim Lynch

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Proposal is for a Caribbean-wide not-for-profit organisation that offers nothing but positive dimensions for the region - research, development, preservation, employment, education, dignity, understanding, family cohesiveness and coming to terms with the past, to name a few.

Starting in Barbados, within a year it should have created a working model to be exported to the second island, and so on.

Each export would be monitored and studied in detail for improvement to it - and to any other models already sent out. Hopefully the reputation of the Institute and its model exports would make it easier for the model to be exported to further countries, and the more acceptance it gains the faster the model can be exported.

25 July, 2007: I have applied to yet another philanthropist for funding, and am told I may hear from him in six to eight weeks.

A positive response would be a(nother) life-changing step for myself and deliverance of the means for my life's wish which would, in the most positive way possible, fully occupy my time and imagination for the rest of my natural life.

As a natural all-rounder I KNOW I can make it a success. I have been, in turn, an architect's draughtsman, a real estate manager/salesman, played in an amateur rock band, been an air traffic controller and then an airline pilot, wholly moved to Antigua, was appointed "Secretary For Life" by my pilot Association Membership (before my failed cataract operation), created newsletters, wrote articles, planned formal and informal dinner meetings, planned Association meetings and dealt with the Minutes thereof, wholly moved to Canada, earned a Diploma in Programming and Systems Analysis, created web sites and graphics and did web programming, re-published several rare books, drove a bus through the streets of Toronto for a year, and have worked ever since as a Clerk handling streetcar and subway workers. And these are just the things I can spout off quickly from memory!

I have always dealt with people, and I have always needed to invoke personal discipline with accuracy and timeliness others seem to think is not important. I am a natural planner, and was always way ahead of people I was involved with.

My younger brother is retired after working his was up the corporate ladder in the biggest company in Barbados, last position was General Manager of one of the larger subsidiaries. He has dabbled in a numnber of smaller compamies to keep busy, and I think he would be very interested in joining this worthwhile effort to help give it the necessary management support.

If you are a philanthropist and are able to fund this Proposal (in whole or in part), please get in touch...

Please note: This link is to a contact form I use to avoid revealing my real email address and attracting SPAM. On initial contact I would respond from that address, and we can continue communicating that way.

Or you may call me at home:
From North America: 1 (905) 881-5197 (long distance)
From Europe: 001-905-881-5197 (overseas)

Alternatively, you may call me on my cell phone:
From North America: 1 (416) 602-7389 (long distance)
From Europe: 001-416-602-7389 (overseas)

Both numbers have either message taping or voicemail.

Thank you for your time and consideration...

Jim Lynch

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