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

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Thu Sep 12 16:39:29 PDT 2013


Cameron,

I have started a draft at:

  http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/501c4Announcement

Jeff, perhaps you would like to rework the thanks to Tyler and Daniel into
a nice quote from the president?

Best regards,


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Cameron Shorter
<cameron.shorter at gmail.com>wrote:

> This is huge news, and a credit to Daniel for his dedication. I suggest we
> put out a press release on the topic.
>
>  Jeff, did you start up a wiki location for collaboratively editing press
> releases?
>
> I suggest the release should cover:
>
> =OSGeo has been granted Non-Profit status=
>
> After a seven year application period, the OSGeo Foundation has been
> granted 501(c)(4) text exempt status from the United States Internal
> Revenue Service (IRS)! This status has been retroactively applied back to
> the founding of the the OSGeo-Foundation, which means we are not due for a
> retrospective tax bill.
>
> The 501(c)(4) status is slightly different to the 501(c)(6) status that
> OSGeo originally applied for which was rejected. The main differences are
> ...
>
> This means that OSGeo can do: ...
>
> A huge thanks goes to Daniel Morissette (and ...) who have been the main
> drivers behind pushing this through.
>
>
> On 13/09/13 05:23, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> -jeff
>>
>>
>>
>> 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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