[Theforum] [survey] donations

Martin martin at members.evolt.org
Tue Dec 18 13:22:25 CST 2001

On Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at 06:49  pm, Martin wrote:

> On Tuesday, December 18, 2001, at 06:23  pm, Erika Meyer wrote:
>> I for one would be very hesitant about donating cash to an org as 
>> loose as Evolt:
>> - we're not 501c3  (are we?)
>> - we don't follow our own bylaws
> If we tried to register as 501c3 we'd get laughed out.
> Here's the deal: the government allows us a certain amount
> of public money (via tax rebates), and in return demands
> guarantees that what the public money is going to is above
> board.
> These generally are:
> * A constitution the government accepts as being charitable
> * Financial transparency, which means accounts, audit and
>    clarity of what the org owns.
> * Clear demonstration that the above are being followed.

Forgot one more: individuals who are accountable for the
actions of the organisation (to members and to the government)
and personally liable for the funds, particularly in cases of

In UK law, there *are* ways to limit the liability unless those
individuals are guilty of fraud - dunno about the US

> Cheers
> Martin
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