[OSM-talk] Donate today for OSM's £10,000 server fundraiser

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Thu Feb 5 21:02:38 GMT 2009

Jens Müller wrote:

> OpenStreetMap Foundation was incorporated by the registrar of companies
> for England and Wales on August 22nd, 2006 as a company limited by
> guarantee. The company registration number is 5912761."
> And where is the info on the non-profit status?

In the articles and/or memorandum of association which are on the site 
somewhere, though the fact that it is a company limited by guarantee 
makes it non-profit anyway as there are no shareholders to pay dividends to.

What may be confusing some people is that the UK doesn't really have the 
concept of a non-profit that some jurisdictions have, so there is no 
special tax status for companies limited by guarantee. Only registered 
charities get special tax status and registering as a charity is much 
more onerous than just forming a non-profit company.


Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)

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