[OSGeo-Discuss] Board Elections Process

Allan Doyle adoyle at eogeo.org
Fri Mar 2 10:06:30 PST 2007

I think the page should have some information about responsibilities  
of the board to the outside world, not just what the board does for  
the organization.

A US Public Charity is not taxed because the law considers the  
benefit of the charity's works merits special treatment. However,  
that means that the charity also has a different set of obligations  
than a regular corporation. The board is ultimately legally  
responsible for ensuring that the charity operates based on those  

Here's what the Massachusetts Division of Public Charities has to  
offer on this topic:

It really boils down to making sure the board knows what's happening  
with the charity's money.

Do we still have access to the services of Autodesk's legal staff?  
Can they help develop a bit of material that could serve as a  
checklist of board responsibilities? Also, do non-US board members  
legally share these responsibilities and what are the implications if  
they do and what are the implications if they don't?


On Mar 2, 2007, at 12:51, Frank Warmerdam wrote:

> Folks,
> Similar to the last message about charter member election, we also  
> need
> to have board elections shortly, and I have outlined a process for  
> this.
>   http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Proposed_Board_Election_Procedure
> I also welcome feedback on this, and I would hope to hold board  
> elections
> shortly following new charter member elections.
> Best regards,
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Allan Doyle
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