Frequently asked questions about the Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation.
Is the Foundation a non-profit organization?
The Foundation has applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit designation by the Internal Revenue Code. That process takes between six and nine months. Meantime,
The Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation is incorporated with the State of Florida (Tax ID number is 71-1000374) and can operate as a
foundation until it officially receives that designation from the IRS.
Why was the Foundation formed?
After Eric Dolch, then a 14-year-old from West Palm Beach, Fla., was diagnosed with a severe form of encephalitis in 2005, his family decided to form a
foundation to help other families deal with a loved one who has encephalitis and epilepsy-related illnesses. We not only want to raise money for
research, care and treatment, but also raise awareness for epilepsy and improving the quality of medical treatment for children in the U.S.
How does the Foundation raise its money?
The inaugural Eric Dolch Children Encephalitis Foundation Golf Tournament was held July 13 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. A sold-out field of 144 golfers helped raise almost $20,000 for Eric's foundation. We will have another golf tournament next year. We will provide details in the fall. For more information, click here.
Can I raise money for the Foundation?
Absolutely. We are grateful for any support of people throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world who raise money for us through benefits, auctions,
walkathon or marathon sponsorships. Please include basic information about your event or when you send us the funds you've raised. Unfortunately, due
to our small staff, we are unable to provide direct logistical or personnel support outside of the fundraising events organized in-house.
When we donate money, is it tax-deductable?
Absolutely. All donors will be given a receipt that they can deduct from that year's taxes.
Foundations are excellent ways for individual to ease their tax burdens with donations -- through either cash or stocks.
Will we be offering funding for medical research grants?
Yes. Exact plans on how to apply for grants will be announced soon.
How can I make a donation?
Donations are gladly accepted by mail or online.
The mailing address for donations is:
The Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation
11770 U.S. Highway 1 Suite 303
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Can I make a donation in honor or in memory of someone?