The DEEP San Francisco Node has recently (and excitingly) filed for our Articles of Incorporation documents, the first step towards nonprofit status in the US. We are very lucky to have pro bono representation from the Remcho, Johansen and Purcell LLP law firm. The firm is now assisting us in what is called the 501(c)3 process. We are approaching the extensive application by sections and each of us is working on specific parts, which will then be reviewed by our lawyers. If all goes well, we expect to have this very necessary status by January of 2016. In the US, funding and grant opportunities are dependent upon nonprofit status, for tax as well as legitimacy purposes. At the same time, we are each researching nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area for possible future collaboration, brainstorming for future projects and getting prepared for funding and grant opportunities for when we have our 501(c)3 status. It is a new and thrilling adventure for us all!