[HOT] Draft Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Wed Jul 14 00:46:39 BST 2010

Hi Robert,

I think that we could probably incorporate in the U.S. and then figure
out how to create a reciprocal relationship between the U.S. and
European organizations.  It wouldn't hurt to get the how the
organizations would interact figured out, but I don't think it needs
to hold up incorporation.

Honestly it was perhaps me over thinking things with the tiered
membership.  I was thinking we would want to have a method of getting
new people in, though I suppose people being non-members and then
joining works just the same as having two levels. It probably greatly
simplifies things just to have one type of membership.


On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Robert Soden <robert.soden at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for doing this Kate, they look solid to my non-expert eyes.  Is the plan to incorporate in D.C. asap or are there still things we need to figure out related to incorporating in Europe and how to structure the org?
> No strong feelings about membership, but what's the reasoning for the tiered approach? I'm trying to come up with an example where we'd want someone in as a member but not want them to deploy?
> On Jul 12, 2010, at 10:15 PM, Kate Chapman wrote:
>> Hi Hotties!
>> I drew up some quick Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation we could use
>> to incorporation as a non-profit corporation that would eventually
>> have tax exempt status in the U.S.  We were thinking our EU bylaws
>> would be very similar but of course have the necessary legal country
>> specific changes.
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S._Bylaws
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S._Articles_of_Incorporation
>> I've incorporated 2 non-profits in the District of Columbia so I
>> modeled it somewhat after that.
>> We weren't really sure how to do membership, what is up there is just
>> a suggestion.
>> Let me know what you think.
>> -Kate
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