Mike Patke of Chair Boundless Self Defense announced that the organization’s application 501(c)(3) nonprofit status has been approved. He pursued the designation to expand the offering of his self-defense instruction organization, he said.
Patke has been teaching martial arts for well over 40 years. He is the founder of N.R.G. Martial Arts and Well Being. Chair Boundless – Freedom through Mobility is a martial arts program for people who use wheelchairs and is designed to “empower these people with ‘handicaps’ to become ‘handicapable.’”
“I received my nonprofit status July 2, 2020,” Patke said. “I operated ChairBoundless classes for the last six years, starting right here at the Anza Community Hall. I wanted to become a nonprofit because people wished to support the efforts with donations, and I didn’t want to take money and put it in my pocket, because the classes are free. However, there is a cost that comes out of my pocket for traveling.”
Patke teaches Chair Boundless Self Defense all over California and beyond.
“We have grown with instructors in other states as well as in North Korea and Germany,” he said. “And I have been teaching for almost 50 years.”
As a nonprofit, ChairBoundless is accountable for donated money and can apply for government grants to help with the travel-related expenses. Another part of the organization is the home hospital equipment donation program, he said.
“We accept donated hospital equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, etc. One of the first things that we need is a shipping storage container to warehouse the donated equipment. To get our 501(c)(3) nonprofit EIN number we needed to file an application with the Secretary of State in California, and with the IRS for tax-exempt status. This is very new to me, so I am basically learning as I go. I don’t know about applying for grants and would welcome anyone with experience in this area,” Patke said.
The new status also allows for receipts to be given to those who donate equipment to use for their tax deductions.
To learn more about Chair Boundless, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chairboundselfdefense/.
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