[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OpenStack Foundation Tax Exempt Status

Atwood, Mark mark.atwood at hp.com
Fri Aug 28 15:08:29 UTC 2015

Is there a straightforward way to have all this good work and domain
knowledge packaged up and useful for the other FLOSS c6's working down the

Mark Atwood <mark.atwood at hp.com>
Director of Open Source Engagement

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Radcliffe, Mark [mailto:Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 2:04 PM
> To: FORD, TOBY; Jonathan Bryce; foundation at lists.openstack.org;
> board at lists.openstack.org>
> Subject: Re: [OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OpenStack
Foundation Tax
> Exempt Status
> Thanks, it was a group effort: Lee Sheller used his deep knowledge of the
IRS to discover
> the misconceptions of the IRS about OpenStack in particular and FOSS in
general (Lee
> now knows more about open source than any other tax lawyer in the country)
> Jonathan, Mark and Lauren did a fantastic job of gathering the information
> included reviewing all of the presentations in the last four summits
(1300 in total)  to
> put them in categories for the IRS letter.
> Thank you to the foundation folks, Mark/DLA Piper, and the community..
> Toby
> On 8/26/15, 12:16 PM, "Jonathan Bryce" <jonathan at openstack.org> wrote:
> >Hi everyone,
> >
> >I'm very happy to report that after a lengthy process with the US
> >Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including an initial denial and an
> >appeal, the OpenStack Foundation has been granted 501c6 tax exempt
> >status. This is clear recognition of the positive impact that our
> >Foundation is having on the cloud computing industry.
> >
> >While it may seem like a small administrative matter, the long term
> >impact is very positive for the efforts of the Foundation and the
> >industry, allowing us to devote more resources to ensuring the cloud
> >revolution is truly open to everyone. We also hope this outcome for our
> >Foundation benefits other open source organizations pursuing tax exempt
> >status with the IRS now and in the future.
> >
> >Thank you to everyone in the OpenStack community and the greater open
> >source world who supported us through the process.
> >
> >Jonathan
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