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Re: CD sales.
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: CD sales.
- From: Ted Goodridge <tedgoodridgejr_(_at_)_acm_(_dot_)_org>
- Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 22:30:53 -0600
While I greatly admire your efforts on OpenBSD, I do take issue with
"non-profit organizations as a corporate scam against society". Groups like
the Salvation Army and my _church_ have a non profit status because they do
exactly that. They provide a service to the community without turning a
profit. The non-profit status serves to encourage donations. In fact, in
the United States, it is built into the tax code so these orgainizations can
survive. As an individual, I think you can only claim 10% as a deduction.
Nice to know that my tithe isn't taxed (I would give it anyway.)
I also think your assumption that you are taking away from roads etc is
faulty, because the impact on overal tax revenues is negligable. People give
to charitable / noble causes other than OpenBSD. You might be taking away
from those other causes, but not from the tax coffers.
At several companies where I have worked hunt for non-profits at the end of
the year to pay into for a tax break. This donation is seen as an operating
expense, because it is a win for the company. One company I worked for
donated just because they could, and enjoyed giving.
Yes, there are non-profit organizations that should not be. Some charities
are nothing but scams. I do think that it is improper, however, to label all