[Members] [Fwd: Re: [Board] organizational purpose]
stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Feb 12 21:05:08 CST 2007
Feedback is welcome as always.
Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> I am now writing up a proposal about this for consideration by the
> -------- 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):
> 2. OASIS is 501(c)(6):
> The status of the W3C is unclear.
> Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>> In researching the process of gaining tax-exempt status for the XSF, I
>> discovered that our Articles of Incorporation  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.
>>  http://www.xmpp.org/xsf/docs/JSF-Articles-Of-Incorporation.pdf
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