Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc. became incorporated in the state of Illinois in May, 2003. Immediately upon receiving incorporation as a membership organization, Crosswinds filed for its Federal 501c3 status to be considered as a charity for animal welfare. We received our 501c3 formal status.

In June, 2003, the IRS awarded Crosswinds an Advance Ruling 501c3 public charity status. This means, briefly, that all donations as of the date of incorporation have the same tax deductible status as donations to other charities like the United Way. It also means that over the next 5 years the IRS will watch to ensure that Crosswinds meets the goals it set and does in fact become a primarily-publicly-supported charity. Regardless of the long term outcome for Crosswinds, all donations received beginning May 2003 until the final ruling is made keep the same tax deduction benefits for the donors.

The Advance Ruling 501c3 document was earned in 2003. In 2003, CWER also received our Illinois exemption from sales tax.

In March 2008, at the end of the 5 year advance ruling time period, CWER received our final, formal public charity status notification. It and our state tax exemption letters are both available here.

IL State non-profit/tax ID: E9940-9666-01. Federal ID# 30-0167186

Additional documentation and tax records for our 501c3 are available on GUIDESTAR — simply click the image to the left.

Also available are our Articles of Incorporation and our Bylaws.

Copies of Crosswinds’ IRS 1023 and other documents may also be provided upon receipt of written request via US mail and including a $5 copying/mailing fee.

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc. — 8182 E 200 North Road, Sidell IL 61876 — 217-649-7915 — email

As of 1/1/2016, CWER’s board of directors includes:

  • Steve Downey, Georgia
  • Angela Itterly, Pennsylvania
  • <Deceased, formerly Melissa Martin, Nebraska>
  • Mike & AnnMarie Cross, Illinois