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Bradley Kuhn (bkuhn) - 10 years ago 2012-09-03 20:41:20
bkuhn@ebb.org
Update on 10% donation requirement for Conservancy membership.
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@@ -167,60 +167,69 @@ legitimate non-profit expense fitting with Conservancy's non-profit
 
  mission, Conservancy pays the expense on the Project's behalf.</p>
 

	
 
<p>Similarly, any copyrights, trademarks, domain name or other assets
 
transferred to a project can also be held by the Conservancy on behalf of
 
the project.  A significant service that the Conservancy provides its
 
members is a vehicle through which copyright ownership in the project can
 
be unified.  There are several advantages to having a consolidated
 
copyright structure, including that it makes enforcement activity easier
 
and more effective.  However, copyright, trademark, and domain name
 
assignment is not a requirement in order to join the Conservancy, rather,
 
it is an option for those projects that ask for it.</p>
 

	
 
<h2>If our project joins, must it be a member project of Conservancy forever?</h2>
 

	
 
<p>All agreements between member projects and the Conservancy stipulate
 
clearly that the member project can leave the Conservancy with a few
 
months' notice.  Federal tax exemption law, though, states that projects
 
must transfer their assets from the Conservancy in a way that is
 
consistent with the Conservancy's not-for-profit tax status &mdash;
 
meaning the assets cannot be transferred to an individual or a for-profit
 
entity.  Generally, a project would either find another fiscal sponsor or
 
form their own independent tax-exempt non-profit.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We fully expect that some Conservancy projects will ultimately wish to
 
  form their own non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations; that's why we design
 
  our agreements with projects to allow them to leave to another 501(c)(3)
 
  organization.  Typically, projects join Conservancy because the project
 
  leaders don't want the burdens of running a non-profit themselves.
 
  Often, as projects grow, leaders get interested in the non-profit
 
  management and organizational side of the activities and are then
 
  prepared to take on the additional work themselves.</p>
 

	
 
<h2>How are &ldquo;project leaders&rdquo; defined with respect to Conservancy?</h2>
 

	
 
<p>How leaders are chosen for projects varies greatly from project to
 
  project.  Our goal is to do our best to embody the &ldquo;natural&rdquo;
 
  leadership structure that evolved in your project into the formal
 
  agreement with Conservancy.  As part of the agreement drafting, we work
 
  carefully with you to understand your project's governance and write up
 
  formally with you the decision-making process you use. Most project
 
  contributors find this process of formalizing the leadership structure
 
  helps them clarify in their own minds the governance of their project,
 
  even though the process can be difficult.  Since it can be a complicated
 
  process, we suggest that you prepare your project community for this
 
  discussion once your project is accepted.</p>
 

	
 
<h2>How much does it cost us financially to join Conservancy?</h2>
 

	
 
<p>After your application is approved, as part of the negotiation of the
 
  formal agreement, we'll discuss this issue.  Typically, we ask that
 
  member projects voluntarily choose to donate some percentage of their
 
  donations received to support Conservancy's general operations servicing
 
  all its member projects (including yours).  We do understand that,
 
  particularly for small projects that only receive a few small donations,
 
  that donating a percentage of your income back to Conservancy can be a
 
  high burden.  Therefore, this is not a mandatory requirement.  We thus
 
  suggest that you be prepared to discuss this issue with us in detail
 
  after your application is approved.</p>
 
<p>New Conservancy members are required to pay 10% of their revenue that
 
  Conservancy processes to Conservancy's general fund, which primarily is
 
  used to pay staff.  (Details on how Conservancy spends its funds,
 
  including salaries of key employees, can be found
 
  in <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/about/filings/">Conservancy's
 
  annual filings</a>.)</p>
 

	
 
<p>Historically, Conservancy allowed projects to give less or nothing at
 
  all to the general fund, but we unfortunately discovered that without
 
  this requirement, Conservancy was not able to offer the myriad of
 
  services to all its projects, particularly to larger projects that
 
  have more income and therefore need more attention from staff.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We do understand that, particularly for small projects that only
 
  receive a few small donations, that donating a percentage of your income
 
  back to Conservancy can be a high burden.  Therefore, Conservancy
 
  remains open to discussion on a case-by-case basis for smaller projects
 
  about how to handle this requirement, and applicants should feel free to
 
  raise any concerns about this issue during the application process.</p>
 

	
 
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