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#1 2019-10-05 19:34:35

eteb3
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Has OSMF considered being a Community Benefit Society?

This is just a quick request for info:

Has OSMF ever considered registering as a a 'Community Benefit Society'?

This is a UK legal form that sits somewhere between 'company' and 'charity': Brief background info here (tho NB no registration fees now).

This isn't the same as a Community Interest Company/CIC: it's registered under non-company legislation.

My Google search <site:lists.openstreetmap.org "Community Benefit Society"> returned no hits - any ideas? Thanks,

Edward / eteb3

Last edited by eteb3 (2019-10-05 19:38:44)

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#2 2019-10-05 21:04:48

SK53
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Re: Has OSMF considered being a Community Benefit Society?

Given the current structure I 'd expect that only a CIC would be relevant. There were long discussions regarding what form OSM-UK would be incorporated as, and in the end we went with CIC.

Brexit makes lots of complications for OSMF (including GDPR, the EU's database directive etc) which are unresolvable as now. It may be that OSMF will feel obligated in the future to change its country of incorporation to another EU state. So for now this question is moot.

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#3 2019-10-07 17:24:04

SimonPoole
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Re: Has OSMF considered being a Community Benefit Society?

If the OSMF was incorporating now it would clearly choose one of the new UK incorporation forms that exist since a couple of years, but there would be no advantage to changing at this point in time.

The only thing that has seriously been considered is changing to a charity, however that would be rather complex, if the OSMF would even be eligible for charity status to start with. That would at least have tax benefits over the current state which neither CIS nor CIC have.

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#4 2019-10-07 21:10:16

SK53
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Re: Has OSMF considered being a Community Benefit Society?

Being a charity & form of incorporation can be distinct. BSBI is both a charity (twice) & a CLG. I'm a little surprised it's not a charity in Ireland as well. Bromley House Library likewise.

I think in general the company structure is more appropriate for larger entities, but it's definitely a judgement call. However the Fell & Rock went down the "registered society" route a few years ago (although IIRC as a Provident Society. In their case I think it was protecting themselves from asset stripping as they have a number of well-placed properties in the Lake District.

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