Stephen Michael Kellat

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>> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):

“> FSSN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects.”

Yes, but the catch is that you don't get to merely claim that status on your own. The Internal Revenue Service has to grant you that status and can also revoke it. In searching Publication 78's successor (Exempt Organization Select Check) which is a list of all such 501(c)(3) organizations that can receive donations, I can't find it under that name. See:

I also searched the NYS charities bureau. They've never heard of it either. For a group that says they file regularly with the Attorney General of New York, it is strange to find they've never filed there under that name.

This only matters since FSSN figures into one of the press releases by the Software Freedom Law Center as an alternative to the Conservancy.