Obtaining Non-Profit Status


Dear Phoenix Friends,

In October, we filed Articles of Incorporation for Phoenix of Hiroshima Project, Inc.  Article II (b) reads, “The specific purpose of this corporation is (i) to salvage and restore thePhoenix of Hiroshima, a historic wooden boat involved in humanitarian missions and protests based on environmental concerns, (ii) to provide education regarding environmental concerns, and (iii) to promote a green and peaceful future, including, without limitation, through the salvage, restoration, use, display and publicity regarding the history of the Phoenix of Hiroshima.”

There are five board members (directors): Chairman Brian Cowden,  Chuck DeWitt (crew member and Restoration Coordinator of Golden Rule, 2010-2015), John Braxton (former crew member of the Phoenix), my husband Jerry (treasurer) and myself (secretary). The corporation will own the Phoenix.


As of January 2017, we officially have 501(C) 3 tax exempt status. At any point from now on you may send pledges to help salvage and restore the Phoenix. This will help us know how soon we can schedule a date to bring the boat out of the river.

Our PayPal account is setup for online donations, which you can access through this site. Donations may be sent by check to Phoenix of Hiroshima Project, Inc. Please send to:

Phoenix of Hiroshima Project
ATTN: Jerry Renshaw
186 E. Cameron Place

Long Beach, CA 90807-3851

Jerry has opened an account at a local Chase Bank and we will give you whatever information you need for that. Jerry has had a total of 38 years of experience in banking, real estate, and insurance. He was also one of the three stewards of our former church of 1,600 members (supervising, sorting, counting, recording and taking the money to the bank) for at least ten years.

Our producer/ videographer/interviewer Brian Cowden is working on a short documentary (in addition to the long one about the whole 64-year story of the boat) to share several key people’s opinions as to why the Phoenix deserves to be preserved. He will make that available to any of you who would like to use it in even casual fund-raising get-togethers for us.

We want to assure you that you don’t have to give a penny to stay on this list just to follow the adventures of the Phoenix! With much gratitude to each of you for your friendship and encouragement and wishing you God’s richest blessings,

Jessica Reynolds Renshaw (for Jerry, too)

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