[Board] 501c3 help

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitchell at osgeo.org
Thu Mar 11 21:49:46 PST 2010

Ditto on that - I'm mainly trying to answer questions that a nonprofit
support consultant (who did many many applications) advised me on
already.  Unfortunately he's going to have to further coach me a bit at
the last minute to improve.  Fortunately we don't have a hundred
questions to answer, though it feels like it.

On 11/03/10 9:17 PM, Brian Hamlin wrote:
> 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
> with..
> 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.
> unquote
>   -Brian
> ==
> Brian Hamlin
> planetwork.net
> 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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