The RationalWiki Foundation is a corporation organized under the laws of New Mexico that owns and operates the RationalWiki.org website. It is a non-profit corporation under the laws of New Mexico and a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Foundation is to promote and defend science, critical thinking and public interest dialog in a free and open forum. The Foundation seeks to develop and publicize free educational and collaborative content, create community-focused software, and to connect and advance the global community of rational thinkers.
The Foundation is run by a Board of Trustees made up of and elected annually by RationalWiki users. The main jobs of the trustees are to hire the Operations Manager, monitor the financial state of the RationalWiki website, and to pursue and promote projects that further its mission. The structure and rules of the Foundation can be found in the by-laws.
For a deeper explanation of the Foundation and its management of the RationalWiki website please see our article on the Foundation's role.
Board of Trustees
The initial board was made up of three members appointed prior to the Foundation filing for legal status in order to bootstrap policies, procedures and facilitate legal incorporation. The first elections were held in January 2011.
The current trustees are:
The trustees' duties, authority, and tenure are set out in the Foundation's by-laws.
The board of trustees is charged with electing a Chair and Vice Chair from its own members. It must also appoint an Operations Manager and Secretary, neither of whom need be a trustee. With the exception of the Operations Manager, who serves a 2 year term, all appointed and elected officers serve 1 year terms.
The officers' duties, authority, and tenure are set out in the Foundation's by-laws.
The RationalWiki Foundation currently has enough funds on hand to support its projects until February 2012. The next scheduled fundraiser is presently ongoing! Please chip in so we can expand the reach of the RWF's projects in 2012! Donations to the RWF, a 501(c)(3) public charity, may be deductible from your federal tax liability. Contact your financial consultant for more information.
The pages below outline the financial status of the Foundation. 2012 financials and additional reports from prior years coming up shortly.
The following is public information about the Board of Trustee meetings for the Foundation:
- August 14th, 2011: agenda, minutes
- April 3rd, 2011: agenda, minutes
- August 28th, 2010: agenda, minutes
- July 24th, 2010: agenda, minutes
The RationalWiki Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity
All donations made to the Foundation may be deducted from your federally taxable income to the extent permitted by law. Here you can find more information about our tax status and view our 1023 application to the IRS commissioner for official determination of public charity status once it's filed.
Contact the Foundation at: