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So You Want to Start an Open Source Non-Profit?

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:47

Caveats: I am not a lawyer (IANAL). Always seek professional advice when filing for non-profit status.

The Privly Foundation's experience in gaining non-profit status is a teachable moment for any organization engaging in open source development. After 300+ pages of filings, considerable pro-bono support, and a conference with IRS examiners, we would like to "open source" our experience. Simply put, if you engage in software development as part of your non-profit mission, you are going to have a rough time with the IRS.

Many independent open source projects exist for public purposes, but it