[EuroPython] Forming a Europython Conference Organization

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Wed, 20 Feb 2002 12:26:29 +0100

Dario Lopez-K=E4sten wrote:
> > >
> > > Hmm... to summarize the replies:
> > >
> > > I think we all agree that the Conference Organisation has to be som=
> sort of
> > > non-profit-society.
> >
> > While it's desirable to form a non-profit organization, we
> > don't have the time for this. In order to become non-profit, one
> > usually has to go through a few hoops to get the official
> > status.
> Not in Sweden. IIRC, as soon as you have a constituent meeting , a sign=
> excerp (sp?) of the protocol describing how the board was elected (and =
> they are) and a signed document describing who are on the board and who=
> the legal representatives of the association you are official. What tak=
> time is to get the bank account (about 1 day i think). A postgirot acco=
> takes a few more days.

In Germany this is similiar. The only extra steps involved

1. Get a notary to validate the signature on the document
2. Go to the local registry and get the association registered
3. Send the documents to the IRS for approval

Ideally, step 3 ought to be done as step 0. as well to
make sure that you get non-profit status.

So much for the theory. I've never gone through this process,
so it's not clear to me how long it would take (probably
2 months as I know our government authorities...).
> >
> > More important than the non-profit status is IMHO that the
> > people who will run the conference are legal part of the
> > association and that the aim of that organization is
> > somehow set in stone with a focus on the conference.
> The associations by-laws guarnatee this. An important part of this in S=
> is that membership be voluntary.
> Now, if there are *other* reasons for this association to be based in a
> particular contry, then those reasons should be put forth and explained.
> Else, does it matter? I say choose the one with least adminstrative
> buerocracy.


Who's going to participate in such an association ?=20

I can volunteer as member, but not for the board since I=20
don't have enough time for that.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
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