NOTE: This document is preserved for historic reasons and does
not necessarily reflect current HTML Writers Guild policy or practice.
This document dates from 1996.
HWG 501(c)(3)Incorporation Issues FAQ
Updated 29 May, 1996
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text version will be available from the Guild's ftp site.
Table of Contents
- Why Incorporate?
Who pays for it?
- How will this
change the current operation of HWG?
can I find the legal doccuments and finincal reports?
- Who are the officers?
- Can or does
the GB have the necessary authority to act for the membership, in
this matter without a vote?
- Where should the
Incorporation take place?
From day one it has
been the goal of the founders of the Guild to do this. The why is
real simple: Go to the Website and look at the line near the top
of the page with the current membership number. There is the
reason. If we were to continue the Guild in its current state it
would likely die from overpopulation quickly. With a membership of
well over 10,000 people we need to be able to provide and offer
services that without incorporating we just do not have the means
As a case in point, currently every single resource
that we have is donated to us by members who see what we are doing
as a "good thing". Iserver has donated a virtual server to house
the Guild website and mailing lists. However in the past week we
have gone over the alloted space at least twice and as a result
have lost mailing list member lists.
We moved into Iserver in
January '96 and we have already outgrown it. We can ask for more
space or get additional space at any number of
The cost of incorporation
will be paid for by GB members as has been done with past costs.
At first not really much if anything at all. As you
know we have elected corporate officers to get the process started.
These, and I must add here that I feel rightly so, have all come
from the GB. This is not to say that all of the positions will
always be filled by GB members, but for getting started we felt
that this was the correct and proper thing to do. The officers are
a good mix of old and new GB members and all have exhibited a
strong desire to spend as much time involved in whatever issue
comes up to ensure that things are done the right way. I have no
doubt that the officers in place are the best people to lead us
through this process. As far as the GB is concerned, I don't forsee
this having a real effect on it at the moment at all.
It has always been and will continue to be one of the primary if
not THE primary goals of the GB to ensure that anyone who wishes
to become a member of the Guild can do so
As these doccuments come into being they
will be placed on the Website, in the OpsCenter area for viewing
by the membership. As this process moves forward we will place
not only the doccuments at this location, but links to other sites
that will help you to understand about whats going on and why we
are moving in this direction.
officers, as elected by the Board, are:
- Bill Spurlock,
- Cindy Svec Ruzich, Vice-President
- Roxanne Reid-Bennett,
- Al Smith, Jr., Secretary
- Patrick Wiseman, Of
HWG Governing Board does NOT have to amend the bylaws for incorporation.
There is no need. The GB is in charge of *administering* the Guild.
There are no prohibitions about the form of administration - that
was deliberately left open-ended so as the organization grew, the
GB would have the ability to manage the Guild in whatever way the
GB saw fit. The bylaws do not require us to amend them in order to
Unless someone knows differently there is as far as
we can tell at this point no benefit to incorporating as a 501(c)(3)
in one state over a other as there would be in a regular corporation
where several states offer incentive in their laws to incorporate
there. There will be some differences in terms of officers residency
and such but that looks to be about the extent of it.
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