The article in today’s Sparks Tribune about the Foundation’s Gift A Voice project prompted some questions that I’d like to address. Here are the specific questions asked:
- The Foundation’s legal status? – Turning Views Foundation is a Nevada nonprofit corporation.
- The Foundation’s tax status? – Turning Views Foundation is awaiting 501(c)3 designation from the IRS. ***Update**** The Foundation is a 501(c)3 entity!
- The $1000 necessary, considering it is used/donated iPhones and a $200 software program. Can you break down this figure? –
Direct wording from the Sparks Tribune article is – “The cost of an iPhone with the necessary applications installed and a speaker to amplify the sound is about $1,000.”
The AAC Application, Proloquo2Go, costs $189.99 from the iTunes store. This is a specialized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application.
There are 3 versions of an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. An iPhone 3Gs that’s 8GB starts at $99, an iPhone4 that’s 16B starts at $199 and an iPhone4 that’s 32GB starts at $299. An 8GB iPod touch is $229, a 32GB is $299 and a 64GB is $399. There are actually 6 versions of the iPad. A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $499, a 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $599, a 64 GB with Wi-Fi is $699. A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is $629, a 32 GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is $729 and a 64 GB with Wi-Fi + 3G is $829.
The speaker/case, iMainGo, for the iPhone and iPod touch costs $39.99 from Amazon. I have not priced cases and/or speakers for the iPad as of yet.
My “about $1,000″ statement was my own attempt of picking a generalized figure for the general public. For the Foundation this amount will vary depending on each recipients needs and whether or not we are using a donated device. Being that this is a very young nonprofit organization, having only had one recipient to date and the fact that there are so many different price points the figures used throughout our website are generalized.
The following is a break down of items purchased and donated for gifting to 6 year old Elizebeth in Missouri who is hearing and speech impaired:
- Donated 3G iPhone
- USB Power Adapter – $29.00
- iMainGo Speaker/Case – $39.99
- Proloquo2Go Application – $189.99
- Shoulder Bag – $19.00
- Cost of Shipping – (Not shipped yet – Hope to ship today or tomorrow)
Thank you very much to the individual who asked these questions. We will be adding a page on the website with a biography and photo for each of the Board of Directors in the next few days. If anyone has additional questions or would like further clarification please don’t hesitate to ask in the Comments below, on the Different iz Good Facebook Page or via email to info @ turningviews . org.