[Members] [Fwd: Re: [Board] organizational purpose]

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Feb 12 15:32:05 CST 2007


FYI.

I am now writing up a proposal about this for consideration by the 
membership...

/psa


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Board] organizational purpose
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 14:08:03 -0700
From: Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at jabber.org>
Reply-To: XSF Board <board at xmpp.org>
To: XSF Board <board at xmpp.org>
References: <45D0D515.3050002 at jabber.org>

Further data points:

1. The Internet Society (which runs the IETF) is 501(c)(3):

http://www.isoc.org/isoc/general/trustees/incorp.shtml

2. OASIS is 501(c)(6):

http://www.oasis-open.org/who/bylaws.php

The status of the W3C is unclear.

Peter

Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> In researching the process of gaining tax-exempt status for the XSF, I 
> discovered that our Articles of Incorporation [1] say that the purpose 
> of our organization is "the promotion of common business interests" in 
> accordance with Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. I don't 
> know why the organizers of the JSF chose "business league" under Section 
> 501(c)(6) instead of "scientific organization" under Section 501(c)(3), 
> but IMHO the choice was unfortunate, for several reasons:
> 
> 1. As far as I can tell, the XSF is not really promoting common business 
> interests among its members as defined under Section 501(c)(6).
> 
> 2. The XSF does not require dues from its members, which appears to be a 
> requirement of Section 501(c)(6).
> 
> I think it would be best to amend the articles of incorporation to 
> define the XSF as a scientific organization under 501(c)(3) instead of 
> as a business league under Section 501(c)(6). I can provide a detailed 
> proposal about this for voting on by the membership. But we'd need to 
> have a special meeting about it, because we really should approve any 
> change in the next few weeks so that I can file another certificate of 
> amendment to the articles of incorporation with the State of Delaware.
> 
> Peter
> 
> [1] http://www.xmpp.org/xsf/docs/JSF-Articles-Of-Incorporation.pdf
> 

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