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nonprofit

From: Harlan H.
Sent on: Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:19 PM

Hello useR Meetup members,

The organizers of the R Meetup and the Data Science Meetup have been discussing the idea of forming a Non-Profit Organization to make our financial and other logistics easier, and we wanted to throw this out to the rest of our memberships for feedback and assistance.

Here's what we have in mind:

  • We would form a registered nonprofit organization, called something like "DC Data Events, Inc.", to act as an umbrella over our existing Meetup groups.
  • Each member Meetup (starting with these two) would be a "program" of the NPO, in the accounting sense.
  • The Board of the NPO would be the organizers of the member Meetups, as well as anyone else whose arm could be twisted into volunteering.
  • Member Meetups would entirely run their events, schedules, sponsorship, etc., on their own.
  • The NPO would provide business checking accounts for each member group, which would allow easier receipt of sponsorship money, as well as debit cards to more easily purchase things for events.
  • As a result, individuals would no longer have to act as intermediaries for money, with potential tax consequences.
  • Member Meetups could more easily run full-day seminars and events, especially when issues such as attendee fees, venue rental, and speaker payment arise.
  • If we felt it would be worth the trouble, we could conceivably file for 501(c)3 Educational status, which would make contributions tax-deductable.

All of this awesomeness is not without cost, however. There is DC and Federal paperwork to be handled, officers to be voted on, bylaws to be determined, etc. Which is why we're writing.

Are you interested in helping make this happen? Do you have suggestions on how to do it right? Please respond to this message and/or post on the Message Board!

 

Thanks very much,

Abhijit, Brian, Harlan, Marck, and Matt

 

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