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SOL -N- AIR, INC.

Saving Our Lives & Avoiding Irrational Reasoning

aka solnair.org   |   Escondido, CA   |  http://solnair.org/

Mission

Sol-N-Air, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that is seeking to educate the public about the dangers of leaving children and pets unattended in parked cars during warm and hot weather. This mission is accomplished by obtaining permission from local municipalities and private parking lot owners to have warning signs installed, at no charge, in public parking lots, parks and in private parking lots. We believe that this is a valuable public community service that will help save lives and educate the public.

Notes from the nonprofit

Volunteer opportunities:
The Sol-N-Air, Inc., approach requires direct individual action with city government personnel. Individuals residing in any target city could volunteer to undertake a project in a target city where they reside. Sol-N-Air, Inc., grass root efforts have started in the County of San Diego. However, as our success model is repeated, we fully expect to reach out to other counties in the State of California, and then out to counties in other states. Our projects are designed for volunteers who wish to make an impact in their resident cities and counties.

Ruling year info

2014

Director and President

Mrs. Paola Potts

Director and General Counsel and Treasurer:

Mr. Jerry R. Potts

Main address

3248 Via Ribera

Escondido, CA 92029 USA

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EIN

46-3687863

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SOL-N-AIR, Inc, under the San Diego County Community Enhancement Program, initially requires that the California Attorney General's Office certifies that the organization is qualified to seek donation from public entities. Application to the Office of the Attorney General Office, Department of Justice, has been made and SOL-N-Air, Inc. is waiting for that approval to be received. It is expect that the approval will be received during the month of October this years. Once this certification has been received, SOL-N-AIR, Inc. will be in position to make applications to each District Supervisor's Office for funding to install heat warning signs in public parking lots, parks, recreational facilities and libraries. This process will allow the organization to carry out its primary goal of warning the public about the dangers of leaving children and pets in parked vehicles. This certification is the only problem the organization is facing at present before proceeding.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Heat Warning Signs

Heat stroke deaths occur every year. By providing warning signs of the danger of leaving children and pets unattended in a parked vehicle during warm and hot weather, we believe lives will be saved and thus, providing various communities in the County of San Diego with better community health and safety.

Sol-N-Air, Inc., believes there is a simple solution to help completely eliminate or at least greatly reduce these unnecessary and tragic deaths. That solution is to have warning signs posted in public and private parking lots or at or near the entrance to a building where the parent or dog owner is entering.

Seeking installation of signs where there is an immediate impact on community health and safety is unique. No sign installations of the scope of the Sol-N-Air, Inc., project have ever been undertaken in the County of San Diego. The Sol-N-Air, Inc., projects are sufficiently unique that major local television news programs have aired. Links to these project news stories are found on the Sol-N-Air, Inc., web site at http://www.solnair.org. Our goal for the year 2015 is to have 250 signs installed in various municipalities in the County of San Diego. Sol-N-Air, Inc., through its officers and directors, also strives to have substantially 100% of all donated funds utilized for obtaining and delivering signs for community installations.

Sign Specifications:
Each sign consists of 12" x 24", digitally printed laminated 3M Control Tac vinyl on .063” aluminum (with punched mounting holes); anti graffiti coating on both sides; and sets of pole mount hardware which includes two 36" adjustable stainless steel straps and two flared saddle brackets with one-way bolts. These signs have a seven (7) year warranty and their life expectancy may be longer depending on sun exposure.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of government officials who publicly support the advocacy effort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Heat Warning Signs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Accumulative Numbers. Approval of installation of heat warning signs in California cities: San Diego, Escondido, Lemon Grove, Vista, Poway, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Encinitas & County of San Diego.

Number of products distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Heat Warning Signs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Accumulative Numbers: Heat Waning Signs installed in parks, parking lots & parking structures. Year 2013 reflects number of signs installed prior to non profit status granted on 8-12-2013.

Number of organizations and individuals following our model.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Heat Warning Signs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Accumulative Numbers: By individuals in Weston, CT & Greensboro, NC; by city of Oceanside, CA; by San Diego Animal Advocates in cities of Encinitas, CA & Solana Beach, CA.

Dollar Amount Received from Amazon Smile

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Heat Warning Signs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Donation received via Amazon Smile

Distributed at least 100 flyers to employees of major retailers with large parking lots to educate them about the dangers of leaving children and pets in parked cars in their parking lots.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heat Warning Signs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Distributed at least 100 flyers to individuals to educate them about the dangers of leaving children and pets in parked cars.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Heat stroke deaths occur every year. By providing warning signs of the danger of leaving children and pets unattended in a parked vehicle during warm and hot weather, we believe lives will be saved and thus, providing various communities in the County of San Diego with better community health and safety.

Sol-N-Air, Inc., believes there is a simple solution to help completely eliminate or at least greatly reduce these unnecessary and tragic deaths. That solution is to have warning signs posted in public and private parking lots or at or near the entrance to a building where the parent or dog owner is entering.

Seeking installation of signs where there is an immediate impact on community health and safety is unique. No sign installations of the scope of the Sol-N-Air, Inc., project have ever been undertaken in the County of San Diego. The Sol-N-Air, Inc., projects are sufficiently unique that major local television news programs have broadcasted. Links to these project news stories are found on the Sol-N-Air, Inc., web site at http://www.solnair.org. Our goal for the year 2016 is to have 250 signs installed in various municipalities in the County of San Diego. Sol-N-Air, Inc., through it officers and directors, also strives to have substantially 100% of all donated funds utilized for obtaining and delivering signs for community installations.

The Sol-N-Air, Inc., proven approach is: (1) verify that warning signs are in compliance with local city sign ordinances; (2) make presentation to local city council to obtain city council approval for signs in municipal parking lots and at municipal parks; (3) obtain funds for the number of approved sign installations via private individuals, local businesses, organizations, and foundation grants; (4) order signs for each city project when fully funded; (5) have signs delivered to the Public Works Department of the designated city for installation; (6) confirm signs are installed in a timely manner working with a Public Works Department; and (7) take photographs of installed signs within city, and deliver copies of photos to donors so donors can have immediate verification of the success of their donations in providing warning signs to the community. In the future, Sol-N-Air, Inc., would like the program to be expanded first to other counties in Southern California, then to the remaining counties in California and then outwardly, to other States in the United States. Sol-N-Air, Inc., through it officers and directors, also strives to have substantially 100% of all donated funds utilized for obtaining and delivering signs for community installations.

Mrs. Paola Potts, Director and President:

Mrs. Potts holds a Masters Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Connecticut and has taught in both public and private secondary schools as well as in community colleges. She retired from teaching in 2001 to pursue studies in graphic design. Mrs. Potts is proficient in website design, logo design and printed matter design. Samples of her graphic design work can be seen at www.masterfulperceptions.com.

Mr. Jerry Potts, Director and General Counsel and Treasurer:

Mr. Potts holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in General Engineering and a Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from California State College at Long Beach as well as a Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Mr. Potts retired from Hewlett Packard Company in 2007 where he served as Managing Patent Counsel at their facility in Rancho Bernardo, California. Mr. Potts, during his 40 year career as a practicing attorney, has served as Associate General Counsel for Campus Crusade for Christ International, a 501(c)(3) international organization with over 5000 employees worldwide. Mr. Potts is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and during his 40 years of practicing law has developed expertise in advising and forming non profit tax exempt organizations, charitable giving and general corporate law, and all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Additional information may be viewed on Mr. Potts' website http://www.basicpatents.com.

In 2012, Paola Potts, a resident of San Diego County, created the heat warning signs campaign to assist cities in educating the public about the dangers of leaving children and pets in parked cars. In order to make this campaign possible, Paola has obtained permission from the Planning Departments in various cities to allow these signs to be installed in municipal parking lots as well as in private parking lots in the County of San Diego. These signs are fully funded by sponsors at no cost to participating cities.

In 2013 a total of 64 signs were installed in the municipal parking lots and municipal parks of the City of Escondido; a total of 17 signs were installed in the private parking lots of Ace Parking in downtown San Diego; and 10 signs were installed in the parking lot of the Salvation Army in Escondido. In order to obtain a broader donor base as well as the ability to apply for County and private foundation grants, Sol-N-Air, Inc., was formed as a non profit corporation in the State of California and then obtained a federal tax exemption to operate the corporation as a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

In 2014 Paola Potts, the President and CEO of Sol-N-Air, Inc., launched the warning sign campaign via the newly formed non profit tax exempt corporation. Through Sol-Air-Inc., sign sponsors are now able to receive a tax deductible receipt for their donations. Sol-N-Air, Inc., also makes its sign artwork available to the public at no charge so that others can initiate their own local warning sign programs as needed.

Projects in 2014 included the delivery of 25 signs and hardware to the City of Poway for the installation in municipal parking lots, 8 signs and hardware to Ace Parking for the installation in their parking lots in La Jolla, and 67 signs and hardware to the City of Escondido in its public parks and municipal parking lots.

Projects in 2015 included the delivery of 90 signs and hardware to the County of San Diego for installation on County property, 4 signs and hardware to the Westfield Mall North County in Escondido for installation in their private parking lots and 48 signs and hardware to City of Vista for installation in its municipal parking lots and parks. The signs provided to the City of Vista were in English and in Spanish.

Sol-N-Air, Inc., through its officers and directors, also strives to have substantially 100% of all donated funds utilized for obtaining and delivering signs for community installations.

Signs for the Sol-N-Air, Inc., projects are obtained by a competitive bidding process and have a life expectancy of 7-20 years.

Financials

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SOL -N- AIR, INC.

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Paola Potts

Sol-N-Air, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2022

Jerry R Potts

Sol-N-Air, Inc.

Bonnie Armstrong

Sol-N-Air, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Disability

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