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From Daniel Shahaf <...@daniel.shahaf.name>
Subject Re: Fundraising
Date Mon, 15 Aug 2011 01:20:31 GMT
Raphael Bircher wrote on Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 08:01:45 +0200:
> Am 14.08.11 03:58, schrieb Rob Weir:
> >On Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 2:45 PM, Eike Rathke<ooo@erack.de>  wrote:
> >>Hi Rob,
> >>
> >>On Saturday, 2011-08-13 10:51:57 -0400, Rob Weir wrote:
> >>
> >>>Donations went to Team OpenOffice.org, e.V, or to SPI (for US
> >>>donations).  I'm assuming that Oracle does not control either of these
> >>>accounts.  I'm assuming as well that Apache and the PPMC has no
> >>>control over these accounts.
> >>For Team OOo that's correct. For SPI that's presumably correct as well.
> >>
> >>>Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think an Apache
> >>>project can have a private fund, or solicit donations for a 3rd party
> >>>one.
> >>Why not?
> >>
> >I've formed a US-based non-profit corporation before, so I know some
> >of the concerns.  To preserve tax-exempt status, as well as to comply
> >with fund raising regulations,  you need to be very careful how
> >donations are solicited and how they are spent.  There is a lot of
> >paperwork and a lot of details.  I have no experience with doing this
> >internationally, but that certainly increases the complexity.    It is
> >very reasonable for Apache not to assume the risks to their non-profit
> >status that would come if they allowed every poding or even project to
> >do its own fund raising.
> I assume that a donnation to the ASF is only tax-free in the US.
> Every Country has here there oven criteria. That's the reason why
> Wikipedia has NGO's in each Country. It means, donnation to the ASF
> will not be Tax-Free in Switzerland.

I'm aware of one case of an entity incorporated in Europe having wanted
to donate to the ASF but faced tax issues in the process.  They ended up
supporting the project in other ways.

BTW: I don't see ASF having NGO's in each country.  Having one NGO is
enough overhead...

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