I would like to begin the process of getting the Turn Net Systems Group (TSG)- NonProfit division up and running.
A bit of context:
TSYS Group has four pillars:
ForProfitCore ForProfitNonCore NonProfit NetworkOperations
Each of them is designed/intended to be 100% independent, including the Board of Directors and legal entities etc.
This e-mail is to start the process of bringing the NonProfit pillar into existence. The three of you are my current candidate slate for the Board.
Broad context, I am finishing up bizops/techops for the next few weeks. This is to establish the core systems/processes in order to support the entire group.
I believe that we can utilize the extensive Free Network Foundation (FNF) work done by myself and others in 2011 timeframe to fundraise and get volunteers for the non profits. This is why the FNF blog and wiki (https://www.thefnf.org and https://commons.thefnf.org/index.php?title=Main_Page ) were so critical to restore.
I want to be mostly hands off with the non profits . My main focus is ensuring they are properly/legally setup as it involves certain ordered steps for related 501c3/c4/PAC. Currently three TX Non Profit corporations exist with individual EINs. (See https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/resource/comparison-of-501c3-and-501c4-permissible-activities/ and https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/resource/the-connection-strategies-for-creating-and-operating-501c3s-501c4s-and-political-organizations/ )
We will be utilizing ERPNext for accounting ( https://erpnext.com ) (this is the TSG wide back office)
We will be utilizing CiviCRM for volunteer/campaign/fundraising etc management. ( https://civicrm.org ) (this is specific to the non profit pillar, other parts of TSYS use different tools) CiviCRM is uniquely suited to the needs of non profits.
The BoD will have full access to all aspects of the organization. Complete overview as needed/desired.
I would be happy to help put the word out for a management slate , once we’ve got things better established.
Currently we do not have bank account/paypal/stripe setup. The reason for this, is that e-trade (online, industry leading security , no fees is why we are going with them) requires a 990 along with certificate. No problem, just go to IRS and file e-postcard. Except that the portal doesn’t find the EINs. I’ve attempted to contact the IRS and waited on hold for extended periods of time. This needs to be resolved, so we can fundraise the seed money (about 2k) to pay the 501c3/c4 filing fees. Also I need todo the FEC filings for the PAC (and will want to transfer that going forward).
IT/accounting/back office functions are run by TSYS wide IT. No worries on that front .