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Re: VMs: "The VMs Research Foundation"...?

Hi Dan,

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and experiences: it seems that I'm trying to wear both a board trustee hat and a research institute director hat - probably impractical for the kind of governance structure you describe.

Basically, I'm thinking of a charitable foundation not so much for tax reasons as for giving donors confidence that their money would go directly to useful VMs research that would be directly (and openly) shared with our whole community of researchers. I should make it completely clear that I'm not looking to raise more than a few thousand dollars over a few years - chickenfeed in the big scale of things - so would prefer any solution to be as simple and as transparent as possible.

I'll read up on not-for-profits next (IIRC, my cousin is the finance director for one, she should have plenty to say on the matter), see if that's a better fit for what I have in mind.

There is lots to be done, but most of us have little time and money. However, if we collected a bit of time and money from everyone, do we have enough to get a foundation off the ground and rolling?

Perhaps a small foundation, not very far off the ground, and (...erm...) rolling very slowly? :-o

Thanks again, .....Nick Pelling.....

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