|Re: Re: Public Use of the Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ken (gebserspeakeasy.net)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 17:24:42 -0800 (PST)|
Wow. That's all really great. Sounds like a great place to live. I hope, though, that you've discussed all this with a lawyer. I ran a computer club some years ago, talked to a lawyer about setting up a 501c3, and was surprised at all the liability I was exposing myself to by not already having one. "If somebody slips on the floor," he said, "even though you don't own the building, you could be found liable-- personally." Things get worse if you serve alcohol of course. The important thing is not really the 501c3, but to have some kind of corporation to contain the liability. A charitable organization can have tax advantages though... if there's sufficient money to be taxed. Otherwise a regular for-profit corporation might suit your situation just as well and without the extra hoops you have to jump through getting non-profit status. Not being a lawyer, I can't give much more than a few tips. (There's also that nuisance about practicing law without a license. :) ken Lynn Nadeau wrote: > RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA. > 21 families on site, town of 8000. > We typically use the common house for > 1) Personal Socials > Birthday party, family reunion, cast party, memorial gathering, etc. > Fee is flat $10. > 2) Sponsored Events (the vast majority of non-RW uses) > Member who is part of an organization or project "sponsors" it, > involving responsibility to be there, start to finish, set up, clean up, > house rules. Among us, we must belong to nearly every liberal > organization in town, so we have meetings, workshops, slide shows, > socials for Bird Watchers, Green Party, Nonmotorized Transportation > Board, Depleted Uranium Study Team, Quakers, Katrina Relief Sister City > Project, etc. Fee is $1 per person, $10 minimum. > There is periodic interest in larger events, especially "house concerts" > with performers and general public. This has been a great source of > confusion with our insurers (CAU). We've had responses ranging from "if > you do any public events, we'll cancel everything on you" to "sure, > that's ok". > At one point someone here was researching setting up a sub group that > was a 501c3 that could have arts events, for example, without an > insurance issue. > We'd be really interested in other groups experience with insurance > companies, regarding > house concerts > renting to outside groups, without a present member-sponsor > serving food to the public (prepared at the CH) > making food that's served or sold elsewhere at a public event > alcohol issues for events that involve the public. > Thanks, > Lynn Nadeau > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > -- "This world ain't big enough for the both of us," said the big noema to the little noema.
Re: Public Use of the Common House Lynn Nadeau, March 6 2006
- Re: Re: Public Use of the Common House ken, March 7 2006
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