Services Offered to Associated Projects

SPI offers a variety of services to associated projects. The major services offered by SPI are listed here. Additional services may be offered at the discretion of the board.

If a project wishes to use one of these services the project liaison should contact the board which will make arrangements as appropriate.

Accepting Donations and Holding Funds

SPI will accept donations and hold funds on behalf of associated projects. Refunds for legitimate project expenses will be made from funds earmarked for an associated project with the consent of the project liaison. Donations to associated projects by US residents are normally tax deductible. SPI does not assist with fundraising activities.

Once held by SPI, funds may only be transferred to another 501(c)3 US non-profit.

Holding Substantial Assets

Substantial equipment, software or other assets valued at over $300 which an associated project purchases with SPI funds are owned by SPI.
SPI will also accept donations of assets on behalf of associated projects. The equipment will be used and maintained by the project but SPI will hold legal ownership.

Once held by SPI, substantial assets may only be transferred to another 501(c)3 US non-profit.

Holding Intangible Assets

Associated projects may transfer intangible assets such as domain names, trademarks and licenses to SPI for protection. In addition SPI can seeking to obtain trademarks on behalf of associated projects.

Once held by SPI, intangible assets may only be transferred to another 501(c)3 US non-profit.

Signing Contracts

SPI can sign contracts on behalf of associated projects.

Examples include:

  • Signing a contract with a venue for an associated project to hold a conference

  • Signing a contract for insurance for events held by an associated project

Any costs associated with the contract are borne out of SPI funds earmarked for that associated project.

Legal Assistance

SPI has access to legal counsel which the board may consult on behalf of the project, at the discretion of the board.

Technical Services

SPI can provide technical services (such as the provision of authoritative nameservers) for a project, at the discretion of the board.

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