Starting a non-profit organization
Some starting points for learning how to create a non-profit organization:
Starting a non-profit, one-page answerbook Non-Profit startup FAQ
TACS seems to be an organization that could help us. I've never had any contact with them, so I can't say for sure.
Guidestar is a database of over 700,000 non-profits, many with their IRS/financial info. There may be similar organizations we could emulate.
State Dept of Justice- Charitable Activities
Secretary of State- Corporation Division
PSU Institute of Nonprofit Management
Link to a document outlining the process and which step we are currently on ... http://www.fahrenheitmedia.com/non-profit.htm -- Jesse Mccrum
Oregon Public Networking http://www.opn.org is a nonprofit-centric ISP in Eugene. They had a fight with the IRS http://www.opn.org/irs/ film at 11.
Don't know the resolution of this. OPN seems to be talking about the community-based low/no cost Internet that many at PTP imagine with wireless... they have been around a while with this kind of mission statement. Corvallis' Peak.org caters to nonprofits but I don't think is a nonprofit.
Does anyone know of any nonprofit CLECs?
The City of Portland / Portland Development Commission is proposing throwing $.25M/year (cap investment annualized at 7 years minus projected revenue) at subsidizing fiber loops to N/NE and Outer-SE Portland neighborhoods and HELPING QWEST UPGRADE THEIR COPPER in order to extend the reach of DSL and higher-end network services offered in these "distressed" areas. So there is definitely some motivation and available funding. If wireless can solve the problems for cheaper...