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

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Feb 12 21:05:08 CST 2007


Feedback is welcome as always.


Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> 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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