[OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Thu Jun 12 14:33:52 PDT 2008
On 12-Jun-08, at 9:20 AM, Paul Ramsey wrote:
> - Putting our policy online (presumably copied from Apache
> shamelessly) in a findable location, to conform to the legal norms of
> our host nation.
I'll have to re-read Arnulf's note to understand more precisely what
you are referring to here... we don't have the tax exemption in place
yet, if that's what you mean.
> - Having a plan to take better advantage of our host nation status. We
> pay a good deal in terms of administrative overhead to be a fully
> tax-exempt charity in the USofA, what fund raising plans have we
> linked to that status? Is that status gaining us anything at all, at
> this point? The only connection I have *ever* heard was Michael
> Tiemann saying he'd only contribute if he could get a US tax
Getting to the US tax-exempt status has taken more time than
expected. We hired some help to handle the application process for
us, but that hasn't sped up the proces too much. My latest update
shows we are close to completing the application and getting into the
approval queue after I answer a few more questions. That said, it
will help any US donor on taxes - especially our US-based sponsors.
It will also make it possible for us to apply for certain US-based
grants/funding that require that status.
> I've never seen any type of fundraising plan. Do we have one? If we
> to take advantage of our tax-exempt status do we have a list of
> companies that might be possible contributors and might also be
> interested in a tax write-off? Do we need to assemble a team to handle
> fund-raising efforts?
Formal fundraising has been a challenge, though just defining what
that means is a challenge. I started compiling my thoughts on the
topic but didn't get them distributed. In so far as the conference,
presentations, booths and one-on-one discussions go - we are fairly
active in what ultimately ends up helping fundraising.
There was a fundraising committee but it was tough to get moving. So
its responsibilities were rolled back to the board. To help this I
wanted to get a plan together but have been busy with other things.
A team that is bigger than just the board and I, could be very helpful.
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