[Theforum] Framing the House?

Daniel J. Cody djc at members.evolt.org
Thu Oct 25 12:58:06 CDT 2001

good questions.. non-profit because we'd like to be able to accept
donations and stuff like that. alot of foundations and companies will only
give to NFP's.. also, so we don't have to deal with taxes like a normal
company would. even if a company doesn't make a dime, it still has to pay
a certain amount of taxes to the gov.

also, t-shirts and stuff like that coule be covered as 'fund raising' for
a NFP. this is why the IRS has to review a companies claim to be a NFP. if
you sell too many t-shirts, and that becomes your focus, obviously you
should start having to pay taxes..


On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, spinhead wrote:

> Why the decision to be non-profit? I'm not suggesting charging for
> membership, but a self-sustaining system wouldn't be dependant on charity.
> Is NFP status inherent in Evolt's modus operandi? If we went NFP now, and
> decided to sell T-shirts or books or web hosting later, how painful is the
> conversion?
> >From an accounting perspective (haven't been there a while, so I may be
> wrong) bookkeeping for a non-profit org is trickier than for a profit-making
> enterprise. Just another consideration.
> As for opening up the 'steering' committee, I think it's an excellent chance
> for folks who love Evolt to give something back. I also think that those who
> created it, nurtured it, and grew with it would be in a special position to
> perceive whose contributions would take it the right direction instead of
> putting a fox in the henhouse.

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