Use of term "Donate" for Occupy Portland

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I have been advised that any group using "Donate" on a website can be construed as requiring 501(c)3 status, per a briefing by The Stumptown Syndicate on org types and people giving you money as a group (the geekiest of us know who they are). That means the IRS could do some not-so-nifty tax stuff based on the website if they so chose.

The work around is "Contribute"

We might want to firm that info up. The Movement has been loose about some fact checking.

PDXsays (talk)00:11, 11 October 2011

Sorry about the slow reply. I recall something about this being discussed on the OP mailing list (I think you brought it up), but I don't remember how it was resolved, or if it was at all. I notice OccupyPortland.org still uses "Donate" as its wording so I am guessing they think it's ok? Not sure. Anyhow, IANAL but PortlandWiki is a separate entity from Occupy Portland so I doubt we could unintentionally get them into legal trouble with how we word links to their website; if that were the case then any 1%-owned website could put up a "Donate" link to them and get them into trouble with no action whatsoever on their part.

Either way, I don't think there's any problem with changing it to "contribute", if someone wants to do that.

kotra (talk)12:20, 20 October 2011