GIA is pleased to report that we have received an official letter of tax-exempt status and have started operating as an independent 501c3 corporation as of January 1, 2021. When GIA was founded in 2015, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership agreed to serve as the fiscal sponsor. In early 2020, the GIA Board determined that it was time to set GIA up as an independent entity. In April, we incorporated in the State of California as Growing Inland Achievement Inc. and proceeded to apply for tax-exempt status.

This approval recognizes the hard work of the GIA Board and staff over the past five years. It is an acknowledgment of our ability to provide services to our community successfully and to conduct business in a fiscally responsible manner. While this will shift internal operations, to our partners and the community, we will continue to look and feel the same, providing the same level of service and partnership we have for the past five years.

“We wish to express profound appreciation to the Inland Empire Economic Partnership for serving as our fiscal sponsor over these past five years. IEEP staff has provided immeasurable support to our team as we have gone through this exciting growth process,” said GIA Chief Operating Officer, Ann Marie Sakrekoff.