The Kudzu Coalition started in October 2004 as a committee of the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club. Funding for the first years was provided mainly by a private individual. The Spartanburg Menís Garden Club graciously provided $1,000 in undesignated funds during 2005, 2006, and again in 2007. This organization has also donated $1,000 in 2006 toward the Students Knocking Out Kudzu initiative.
We have no salaries and our expenses are relatively small. During the first years (2005, and 2006) the total annual costs were about $17,000 each year. More recently (2007 and 2008) the Coalition has purchased various attachments to improve the kudzu removal capabilities of heavy equipment, such as the skid steer and tractors. The total annual costs are running about $25,000. Members of the Board of Directors have provided many in-kind contributions.
The Coalition has received honorariums, personal donations, and a gift of $2,000 in 2006 and $2,500 in 2007 and 2008 from an anonymous donor to hire contract resources for work on a kudzu infested park in the City of Spartanburg.
In April 2007 the organization moved from being a committee within the Spartanburg Men's Garden Club to a separate, stand alone entity under the name Kudzu Coalition, registered in the state of South Carolina. We filed for 501(c)3 non-profit status which the IRS granted. Thus contributions to Kudzu Coalition are tax deductible. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 20-8872959.
All donations are welcome and make it possible for the Coalition to continue work and expand its activities. See Principles & Funding Guidelines for more information. During November and December of 2007, a personal solicitation for financial support was sent to a few civic and business leaders. An annual mailing is now made to these leaders asking for their financial support. The Coalition is most thankful for their support, which makes it possible for us to continue.
The Coalition's largest expenditures have been attachments to improve heavy equipment capabilities, signs, tools and safety equipment, polyethylene sheeting, Callahan Kudzu Guards, experiments, machinery modifications, for-hire contract resources, and the website.
Property owners are expected to pay for the hired labor and materials used on their property. The Coalition does not charge for work done by Coalition volunteers on public property. The Coalition does not charge for Kudzu Kollege, advice, various awards such as t-shirts, etc.
We are happy to assist other organizations in applying for grants in connection with removing kudzu from their property.