At the last monthly Open Source Design call it was @moritz and me talking about the question of setting up a non-profit again. I’m opening this separate thread so it’s not bound to the other discussion.
Here are my notes from the meeting:
- What do we want to do?
- How do we do this organizationally?
- Difficult for big donor organizations to donate EU → US and vice versa
- Small donors mostly don’t care if it’s tax-deductible
- Could bring more drive
- Useful in any case: Satzung/bylaws – possibly found at Open Source Design Summit
E.V. (registered association in Germany)
- At least 7 founding members and enough board members. To the outside each board member should have decision power.
- Founding is possible quite quickly, there’s even an intermediate state. Normally 2–3 weeks.
- Bylaws are quite easy to write.
- International members and board possible. But have to go to the notary initially to get identity confirmed, costs just 70 € for everyone.
- Yearly meetings with minutes, need to be signed by everyone.
501©3 (in the US)
- Seemingly easier to set up but a lot of drawbacks.
- Not really monitored, unlike in Germany with a tax authority.
- Could take up to a year or longer to be accepted.
- Need to get a lawyer for everything and it will cost around 1000–1500 $.
- Board members can be international as well.
- No member structure though, need to set up a supporting membership through donations for example. That doesn’t automatically give people voting rights though.