[vcf-midatlantic] OT: help the makerspace @ InfoAge

m simons msimonsmail at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 15 19:50:33 EST 2019

Technical nonprofit management point / question... 

If InfoAge is a 501(c)3 and they have been a part of / program of InfoAge - in other words InfoAge has been acting as an umbrella and a fiscal sponsor to them, and they are now simply spinning off, then couldn't people donate to InfoAge on behalf of the project of independence for this organization?  As long as InfoAge would utilize funds donated for that specific purpose, for that purpose, I would think it would be a legitimate tax deductible charitable contribution.  
    On Thursday, January 3, 2019, 5:39:42 PM EST, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:  
  From the "Many of you may already know this, but some may not" department:

For the past few years there's been a makerspace located at InfoAge. It 
was called the Institute for Exploratory Research, or "IXR". Adjacent to 
the IXR's space on the InfoAge campus was the Computer Deconstruction 
Lab, where people can learn about modern computers. It also has a 
podcast studio.

Neither group was an independent entity, unlike VCF, NJARC, NJHDA, etc. 
-- IXR and CDL were simply part of InfoAge.

Now, with InfoAge's blessing, the two groups are both closing and 
reforming as an independent entity (just like VCF, etc.) under the CDL 
name. That is already underway. The new group will be branded as 
"Computer Deconstruction Lab -- the Jersey Shore Makerspace".

CDL needs to raise $1,084 for all the business/non-profit filing fees. 
So far they raised $710.

IXR/CDL separately have been helpful resources to VCF and to InfoAge, so 
let's return the favor! Perhaps VCF/Mid-Atlantic members can help CDL 
raise the remaining funds. (Any funds beyond that amount will be used as 
seed money.)

The new group doesn't yet have its own bank account. As I understand it, 
their treasurer will be Martin Flynn, who of course is a trusted VCF 
member too.

Their other officers will be secretary Neil Cherry (also one of us!); 
president Dan Jacobs (a good friend to us); and VP Joe Wilkes. I will be 
one of the board members, but I won't be involved in day-to-day 
management. VCF keeps me plenty busy. :)

Until they get a bank account (and thus a PayPal account), Martin is 
handling the funds directly. Please contact him at maflynn at theflynn.org 
to inquire about helping them get started. (FYI: they said these 
donations are NOT tax-deductible, because they're ahead of the status 
being obtained.)

The group's website is www.compdecon.org.

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