Warmshowers.org is now a Colorado nonprofit corporation. What does this mean?
- Stated formal goals from our Articles of Incorporation which is attached below:
- To arrange and provide free hospitality to touring bicyclists throughout the world. The Warmshowers.org Foundation operates a website by the same name which allows hosts interested in touring cyclists to offer free hospitality to them, typically in their own homes.
- To provide information and facilitate information exchange concerning bicycle touring. The Warmshowers.org Foundation offers forums for communication between cyclists and hosts and others interested in cycling.
- To expand our services in support of touring cyclists from time to time as necessary to improve opportunities, safety, communications, and the like for touring cyclists.
- We haven't changed anything about the organization or its style.
- US donors are now able to make tax-deductible contributions to the organization.
- We're trying to make it so that the organization can survive and be sustainable for the long term, and not be tied to the finances and efforts of a single person. (It should survive me!)
- Given what we do as an organization it is possible that someday we would have a serious problem with a member doing something bad to another member. If this were to happen, we want to make sure that the organization's key volunteers and board members protected from any liability. It wouldn't be fair for them to be exposed to financial or legal liability when they're giving their time freely.
- Is Warmshowers going to become commercial like Couchsurfing did? No, we're completely committed to always remaining 100% noncommercial. Not only are we not-for-profit, but we don't allow commercial activity anywhere on the site, and don't participate in advertising.
If you have additional questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!
Update 2014-10-06: It seemed that the organizing documents of the corporation were not here. They have been added as attachments - Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The related 501(c)(3) filing (which was granted) is too large to attach, but see 501(c)(3) filing and the IRS Exemption Letter.
Update 2015-02-24: Added the key goals of the organization from the Articles of Incorporation.