On 11/13/2017 06:36 PM, Arc Riley wrote: > However, if your non-profit were a 501(c)(3) or similar, serving on the > board and employing yourself would be called personal inurement and is > expressly forbidden. >
And our concern in working out how to operate as a co-op and how that may or may not fit 501(c)(3) is related to whether it's *also* forbidden for employees to even have a vote for who gets to be on the board… But (and this really should be a separate topic / email thread), we're leaning toward being a consumer co-op where the focus will just be on the patrons who don't get paid at all but are just donating. Except we don't want to block the project members who *do* get paid from being co-op members, we're just leaning toward not going ahead with the original plan of giving them a special separate member class. In the U.S. tax-exempt status and democracy in orgs gets very muddy and conflicted. But we can still be non-profit while foregoing tax exemption. Tax-exemption is a federal classification while non-profit is a state-level classification.
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