Re: Friends of GNOME page

The Gnome foundation has applied for U.S. 501 (c) 3 status (tax exempt 
charitable/educational organization): it will likely take a few months 
more before that goes through.  We are tax exempt in California already.  
So it is quite possible that your donations will be tax exempt this tax 
year, though we cannot make any promises until the paperwork is all finished.
			- Jim Gettys

Jim Gettys
Cambridge Research Laboratory
HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company
Jim Gettys hp com

> Sender: foundation-list-admin gnome org
> From: Eric Renaud <eric renaud sun com>
> Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 18:41:42 -0700
> To: mcgarry tig com au
> Cc: drfickle k-lug org, foundation-list gnome org
> Subject: Re: Friends of GNOME page
> -----
> mcgarry tig com au wrote:
> >
> > >There was some of the same criticisms on Slashdot yesterday
> > >(where does the money go?). Let me know of any updates you
> > >might want to make to the Friends web page.
> >
> > Can I suggest the replacement of all variants of "donation"
> > on the Friends Of GNOME page with variants of "contribution"
> >
> > "Contribution" is largely synonymous with "donation" but
> > carries the additional meaning:
> > "any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor"
> > which I think is important given the community nature of
> > the GNOME project.
> >
> > By sending money to the GNOME foundation you are not
> > giving money to a third party seperate to yourself but
> > are contributing to a community that you belong to.
> Hope this doesn't appear as boring semantics, but:
> IMHO "Donation" somehow today connotes the possibility of some sort of
> tax break.  The GNOME Foundation is a entity constructed to protect the
> community and the body of work it produces, but (and please correct me
> if I err) it is not a charitable organization to which a "donation"
> would bring about the possibility for some sort of deduction on one's
> 1040.
> Noting that, 'donating' to Gnome would appear to be entirely altruistic,
> which cannot be the case for myself, since I've already gained something
> by using GNOME.  (Yes, certainly the possibility does exist for others
> who've not).
> Though I'm only a user, Mr. McGarry's request to replace all mention
> with 'contribution' certainly brings the feeling of personal involvement
> I want in contributing to the Gnome Community.
> Anyway, 2 more cents, or so to speak . . .
> >
> > Paul
> > McGarry
> >
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