ECIER Foundation earns tax-exempt status

2013-11-27T00:00:00Z ECIER Foundation earns tax-exempt statusTimes Staff
November 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Educate, Communicate, Innovate, Entrepreneur, Relationship Foundation, formerly the Don H. Barden Foundation, recently received confirmation of its 501c3 status. This designation by the federal government will allow the group to operate as a nonprofit organization and raise funds to benefit youth for entrepreneurial programs and scholarships.

“We are so excited about this accomplishment,” said ECIER Founder and President Chareice White. “Becoming a 501c3 lends even more credibility to our efforts, and donations we receive are now tax-deductible.”

 In August, the organization hosted an inaugural event with a special movie premiere of “The Butler.” White said more events and initiatives are planned.

“We have assembled a board that is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people,” White added. “They will use their resources and experience to help build ECIER’s mission and impact on this community.”

 For more information about the ECIER Foundation, contact White at (219) 663-9715 or

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