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Re: [PLUG] The Next Step? -- was Community Service Project (Devil's advocate)
Arthur S. Alexion wrote:
Stories of kids would work well, but PLUG, Jr. will be a great
selling point. Donors, like the Pew Trusts, want to see a viable
plan (open source) and a long term committment from us (PLUG, Jr.),
before they chip in.
A presentation has to balance the hard facts (we know what we are
undertaking) with the warm and fuzzy (why these kids deserve it), and
it helps to show that the corporate community will benefit from
better prepared future employees.
Better future employees and/or less criminals?
Either would be a good thing, both would be a better thing . . . and
most importantly, *for everyone*.
As Magnus pointed out, becoming an official non-profit organization
might be important. That sounds like a lot of effort to go through
for one LUG. Since other LUGs seem to come up with similarly great
ideas, what if a multi-LUG non-profit were formed?
It depends on how you structure it, and the donors will let you know
what they need. Basically, if they are giving cash or property
directly, they will want to give it to an IRS 501(c) non-profit. If
they have their own foundation to distribute the computers to the
families, it won't be necessary. If they fund PLUG, Jr., it will have
to be a non-profit. So, anything they give to an entity to distribute
to the individual beneficiaries, that entity has to qualify. If they
use an existing entity, and we (PLUG) does not act as a go-between, just
in a consulting and co-donating capacity, we don't have to be a
qualifying entity. Maintaining 501(c) statuscan be a job in itself, so
it is to be avoided if possible.
Arthur S. Alexion LLC
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