Yes but to reduce the administrative overhead, we ask you to do a payout from that crowdfunding platform up to once a month to the paypal account of the fiscal host. It will show up as one entry in your public ledger on your collective page (e.g. “December donations on Chuffed.org / GoFundMe / ...”). Individuals who donated through such external platform, won’t show up as financial contributors.
If they can't follow the usual process (see above), we recommend you to do it for them. Make a one time donation to your collective as a "new organization" (and enter their name and website url) and select "bank transfer" as the payment method. You will receive the email with all the instructions that you can then simply forward to them. All our bank details are also here, but watch out, if they make a donation without an
OrderId, it will be considered as a donation for all collectives for climate justice that we are hosting.
A valid expense must show the legal name and address of the vendor, the amount, and the date.
There is no VAT on donations and we don’t get the VAT back on purchases.
For now, it’s people from XR Antwerp and XR Brussels. We will add more people from other local groups as we go. The statutes of the non profit are publicly available here. They had to be in French to respect Belgian’s laws, but we prepended them with a TLDR in English.
“Effective members are elected annually by the community (defined as any member of any collective that is an adherent member of the association) through an “election without candidates” that will ensure a good gender and, if possible, age and regional balance. To mitigate for power, new members are favored over existing ones. They have full powers over the association.”
We are looking for accountants and lawyers but also for rebels who just want to help. Please reach out by sending an email to [email protected] with a quick word about you, your availabilities and what you’d love to do.
It’s all volunteer based for now. We hope to be able to get some funding to help us cover the operating expenses (accounting, legal, …) and eventually some VLE (Volunteer Living Expenses) for the people that will spend time to do all the administrative work (so that you don’t have to). You can also help us by donating to our collective.
Here is the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that binds your local group to that non profit entity. It is the same as the one between XR UK and Compassionate Revolution Ltd that can you find below for reference. Two of you will have to sign it (can be done electronically).
Your group remains a fully independent unincorporated partnership.
Anytime. But you will first have to empty the balance that you have. You can do so either by filing expenses / receipts or by making a donation of the balance to another non profit organisation that is also supporting initiatives for climate justice.
Yes please. You should totally consider doing this if you have the capacity. We will actively help you. The more decentralized we are, the more resilient we will be.
Right now we only support euros. For other currencies, we invite you to consider creating another legal entity that can act as a fiscal host (see question above).
It’s the platform that we are using to keep track of the balance of each group. It also provides a profile page to make it easy for your group to file expenses, approve them and know at all times how much money you have in your account. It’s open source but we are using the hosted version on opencollective.com.