Henderson Castle on it's Facebook page announced it has been Non-Profit 501-3 C status by the Internal Revenue Service. A Foundation will control Henderson Castle.

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The text of the full post reads:
"Hooray my friends and LONG LIVE THE HENDERSON CASTLE FOUNDATION! I have the great honor and privilege of announcing to you, that after two years in the making, the very respectable United States Internal Revenue Service granted the status of Non-Profit 501-3 C to the Henderson Castle Foundation which now will become a Non-Profit Foundation in order to serve our community.

"The Henderson Castle’s real estate will now be controlled, managed and looked after by a board of directors. I, Francois Moyet, as the current guardian of the Henderson Castle, will serve as the President. As a Foundation, the Henderson Castle will remain standing and beautiful for everyone, near and far, to enjoy even long after I am gone.

"The Henderson Castle has proven to be a very sustainable attraction in Southwest Michigan and has been continuing to grow year after year. We were able to design, execute and financially back the construction of our Underground Wine Cave in 2014 which is the first of many additions we are planning for the Henderson Castle!

"My job, as the guardian of the Henderson Castle, is to protect the legacy that Mr. Frank Henderson began back in 1895. It is my responsibility to ensure the Castle’s life is protected and guarded so that Kalamazoo will never lose out on such an incredible Historical Landmark; I did just that. The Foundation will protect the Henderson Castle in ways that I would never have been able to do. However, I cannot do this alone. I will need to recruit everyone from our community to stand together, to show support and also be involved! Our new mission for the Henderson Castle is Historical, Art, and Educational preservation. Our sole purpose of turning The Henderson Castle into a Foundation is eternal preservation.

"The Castle is now facing a new challenge. Being built in 1895, the Castle is not equipped with a proper sprinkler system. We are being required to install a sprinkler system to ensure not only the safety of our guests, but the safety of the structure as well. I am more than happy and pleased to enforce this requirement as it will save the Castle as well as it’s guests if something catastrophic were to occur. After the sprinkler system, we will begin the new roof which will also protect the Castle as a whole for years to come. In 2017, designs for an addition with a new tower are in the works which will also include an elevator so that guests of all sorts will be able to enjoy the castle from basement to rooftop."

The post goes on to announcement fund raising efforts. You can read about those here.