[Board] 501c3 help

Brian Hamlin maplabs at light42.com
Thu Mar 11 21:17:36 PST 2010

I mentioned this endeavor to the program director at the Brower Center..
(Earth Island Institute is an anchor tenant there, and we are part of 
another Institute)
he said, quote,
a 501(c)3 application is not something you want a beginner to help you 
in particular, you want someone who has worked on applications that 
succeeded ..
especially since, by the time problems in the application are detected, 
a lot of time has already passed.


Brian Hamlin
OSGeo California Chapter
(415) 717-4462 cell

On Mar 11, 2010, at 7:33 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm churning away on the 501c3 updates.  I've got most of questions
> 10-19 complete as well as re-running all the finance reports.  If 
> anyone
> has time to help over the next 24 hours or so, question 20 is a good 
> one
> to work on.  I'm not sure how deep to get on it, but it's going to take
>  a bit of manual work to pull it all together.
> "Provide a list of software that you have developed (including open
> source software). [That's no problem]  Include a description of the
> software, its purpose [no problem], how it was developed [hmmm], and 
> how
> it further your tax-exempt activities [that is, our educational and
> charitable work]"
> Just in case you were looking for a way to procrastinate on something
> else ;-)  If you could even just hunt down projects to give a paragraph
> description on their project and its history - that'd be a great help.
> I'll be working on all the other items before this one, but have to 
> wrap
> it up early next week.  By the end of the weekend I expect to have an
> almost final document ready for review by the consultant on Wednesday,
> adopt his further suggestions then faxed and mailed by end of the week.
> Another area to look at if you just want to do a bit of editing is
> question #14.  It's a royal mess at the moment from my braindump 
> earlier
> today, but critical to get our mind around collectively.  It's the
> "charity" side of OSGeo that needs describing - e.g. how do we "help"
> people, the world, communities, whatever.  As opposed to our education
> focus which is a lot easier to describe.
> All edits to wiki are welcome, but I've also got lots more to do in the
> meantime.
> Talk to you later,
> Tyler
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