[Board] OSGeo received its 501(c)(4) tax exempt status from the IRS

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Sep 12 12:23:00 PDT 2013

Thanks Daniel, this is wonderful news!

I also took the time this morning to send a message to the Foundations
list to thank Peter Tanner for the motivation for us to switch our
application to (c)(4), as his OpenNTF foundation did successfully.

This whole process really does hit home the fact that, we are in fact
(as apparently the IRS views us as) doing good for the "social welfare"
of the community.

I also hope our experience helps other foundations as well.  So let's
all share this news in our networks.

Thank you Daniel, for being a champion for this.  Our community and
future events will benefit from this for years to come.


On 2013-09-11 10:38 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
> OSGeo Board and members
> I am extremely pleased to inform you that OSGeo just received a
> determination letter from the IRS confirming its 501(c)(4) tax exempt
> status. Finally, after over 7 years of waiting this saga is over and we
> can move on to more interesting stuff!
> The letter also says "Effective date of Exemption: November 14, 2005",
> so if I read that correctly that clears any potential tax implications
> for past years of operations. We'll still have some filing to do to
> clean things up (next on my plate), but at least the tax exempt status
> is retroactive to day one of the creation of the Foundation.
> Copy of the letter attached. Note that I believe we can ignore the
> second page which relates to the original request for 501c3 status which
> we changed to 501c4 but just in case I have asked the attorney to
> confirm that we can safely ignore it.
> Daniel (OSGeo Treasurer)

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