Task: Olympia, WA Maker group (OlyMEGA) - interested in 501c3 support and connecting with other NW hacker/maker spaces
I'll try to refrain from restating what you can already read on our project page. Long story short, we've got a great group of people down in Olympia who've been meeting at shared spaces for the last 18 months or so.
We're in the process of hunting down space, and one topic that keeps coming up is "should we do 501c3 first" followed by "i've heard that's a lot of work/really expensive" and "i've heard you can be "umbrella'd" by another group".
Needless to say, when I saw (via Make) that you've started a group to do exactly this for hackerspaces, I got pretty excited :)
I'd love to discuss what's necessary to do this for our group. We're currently incorporated as a state-recognized nonprofit, but this doesn't confer any of the tax benefits of being a 501c3.
We've got a pretty non-hierarchical structure, but I tend to be the main point of contact for most "official" communication. I'll encourage some of our other dedicated members to join up here as well and participate in some of the open discussions.
I'll be combing the discussions on the Atrium to see what else I can discover there. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
Justin Burns - @justinb360