Received November 14th via email.
For Immediate Release
From the Desk of Tim Miller
It has come to my attention that donations, intended for Texas EquuSearch (TES), have been solicited on websites other than the official TES websites (www.texasequusearch.org and http://www.pleasefindcaylee.com) . These donations are being looked at and investigated at this time.
This is in no way a vendetta against any person, company or organization. I am only concerned with protecting the integrity of the Texas EquuSearch organization and the many, many people who have supported our organization spiritually, emotionally and financially since our beginning.
At this time, I feel that we have a problem with donations which were made on a website created by another organization. My concern is that all those who have donated through that website feel as though these monies went directly to TES. The many who donated did so from their heart, for the search for Caylee, and with the intent of the money being sent to a non-profit organization, with full tax donation benefits.
Unfortunately, any donations that were directed to any account, other than Texas EquuSearch will not qualify for IRS tax deductions in accordance with rules associated with 501(c)3 organizations. Those donations were deposited into an account other than a Texas EquuSearch owned account and were never forwarded to TES. Because the account is not owned or registered to a 501(c)3 organization, monies contributed cannot be claimed on tax returns. This may become very confusing when donors begin filing their taxes.
When people begin filing their tax returns, claiming donations which they believe went to Texas EquuSearch and which we never received, TES will be audited. We are asking for any and all donation receipts from any website or pay mechanism other than those on the TES websites noted above, be forwarded to me at email@example.com so that we may attempt to eliminate any misunderstanding between us and our donors.
Again, this is not a vendetta against anyone or any organization. Please stay focused on the mission at hand, which is ALL of our missing loved ones. Always remember, “Lost is Not Alone”.
I am thanking you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.