The Gnome is Officially Official!

Friends! The Tome Gnome has some BIG NEWS! On March 16th, 2023, we received notification from the IRS that our application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was approved! This means that the gnome is now “officially official” in the eyes of the US Government 🙂 We have been working on pulling this together for almost a year – the steps involved to do this correctly are complicated (to say the least). So, we are beyond excited that this milestone has finally come to pass!!! EEEE!

In addition to being “officially official” as a full-fledged nonprofit organization, we can now accept tax-deductible donations – and can issue receipts for gifts to the Tucson Tome Gnome! So, if you’ve been wanting to support the Tome Gnome’s efforts while also getting a tax benefit, now’s the time! The easiest way to support our work is to donate online via PayPal:

Are you interested in donating another way? Send an email to, and we’ll happily work with you!

Thank you, all, for the support you’ve shown us since we launched our first GoFundMe back in February 2022 (and, of course, your ongoing support after we launched our second one last September!). We wouldn’t be here without the unwavering support we’ve received from our book-loving community. AND… it probably goes without saying, but we’ll definitely be relying on your generosity as we move forward to keep the gnome going strong!

Finally, I might have saved the best news for last!!! Did I bury the lede? Maybe.

When we made the decision to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt/nonprofit status, one of the forms asked us to list the names of our directors/board members. We knew that the three of us (Emily, Jody, and Mary Ellen) would be founding board members (duh)… but then it occurred to us it could be cool to see if one of our biggest supporters might want to join us as founding board member as well. SO (drum roll, please…): we invited TJ Klune to join us as a founding board member of the Tucson Tome Gnome, and he said YES.


We are so insanely excited to have TJ’s support and friendship in getting the Tome Gnome off the ground and into this next phase of growth. We can’t wait to see what the next several years hold for our funny little book-loving gnome, but we know it’s going to be amazing. Here’s to manifesting the joy and happiness that you wish to see in the world! (Apparently, it works!)

Can you believe that these four weirdos just launched a nonprofit organization together? HAHA!

One Comment Add yours

  1. MARCIA LUCAS says:

    Serious congrats guys.
    Enjoy seeing where you leave the tomes around town.


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