[Marketing] Chapter Fund Raising Draft Letter
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)
tmitchell at osgeo.org
Tue Mar 10 13:08:55 EDT 2009
A couple notes. OSGeo does not have 501(c)(3) status as of yet - you
cannot say donations are tax deductible. We are waiting for the
approval notice from IRS since the fall.
Also, you should also discuss the concept of local chapter
fundraising with the OSGeo Finance committee or Board. In
particular, OSGeo has not managed local chapter funding resources.
This could be discussed, of course, but if the local chapter were to
fundraise, collect funds and THEN donate the results to OSGeo
specifically for Marketing that could already be possible and
definitely much simpler.
Just to be clear, local chapters are already free to lead their own
fundraising, organisation, spending their own funding, etc. - but
OSGeo HQ doesn't have any procedure in place for holding funds on
behalf of local chapters. This seems like it may be an important
point to address in the letter or discuss further more broadly.
On 9-Mar-09, at 5:54 PM, Alex Mandel wrote:
> We've put together a letter here in California that we plan to use to
> solicit monetary support for the Chapter and Foundation.
> I'd appreciate feedback and comments this week.
> odt, scribus files will be posted in a few days when I figure out the
> best place to put them.
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