A/N: This is an opinion article and does not represent the views of IABC or Atiera as a whole.
A recent bill proposed to the parliament of the Cupertino Alliance would legislate that it become a non-profit organization in the US state of Georgia. Many delegates, including myself, think this isn’t a good choice.
The Nonprofit Act, proposed by Chair of the Board Tyler Mullins, said that the Cupertino Alliance met all requirements to become a 501(c)7 nonprofit social organization in the State of Georgia. The bill was met with mixed emotions on either side of the spectrum. Whilst a portion of delegates blindly supported the act, the ones trying to stop it from passing were very vocal about it. In the 166th session of the Alliance, Atiera’s own Cameron Kohler brought up very good reasoning for why this wouldn’t work in practice.
Making us an NPO just to serve the purpose of seeming professional and to be credible is entirely pointless-the benefits are heavily outweighed by the disbenefits, and I don’t personally think it is the correct move to take within an organization. I have always maintained this position since the MicroWiki Foundation.Cameron Kohler
One of my main points of opposition was the fact that we, a micronational organization, were to register for nonprofit status in one of the world’s largest superpowers, the United States. I and others believe that this defeats the point of micronationalism, as many of us strive for independence or even just autonomy. Making the alliance a nonprofit would be an act of submission towards the US.
We are a micronational organization. Should we really be establishing ourselves in a macronation just to seem “legit”? It seems entirely redundant if the point is to be independent from these countries…Cameron Kohler
Another issue with this act is the legal problems it would cause. The state of Georgia mandates that a sort of board of directors be in place. Mullins said that the board would comprise of a treasurer and the safeguarding officer. However, Georgia requires at least three people to be on the board, all of which must be over the age of 18. As many of you know, the alliance is run mostly by minors. If the safeguarding officer were to resign with this system in place, the alliance would be in jeopardy of holding this nonprofit status. The state of Georgia also prohibits youth involvement in the board.
501 c(7) requires someone to maintain financial and administrative records. While I’m sure someone would be willing, I am incredibly fearful and doubtful that they would do it properly. I’d margin that a strong majority of us in this org. are younger than 18 – the ones who are 18 have to live in the US or Canada, understand complex tax forms, and maintain an ongoing compliance with the departments.Cameron Kohler
My message to the delegates of the alliance, vote against the Nonprofit Act!