IRS Form 1023 501(c)(3) Application

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PaxSpace IRS Form 1023.pdf

Initial Draft: 8/23/2013

First Revision: 3/11/2014

ToDo: to complete IRS Form 1023

  • Part I, Identification of Applicant
    • None
  • Part II, Organization Structure
    • 1) Attach copy of articles of incorporation
  • Part III, Required Provisions in your Organization Document
    • 1) Verify Location of Purpose clause in Article II
    • 2b) Verify Location of dissolution of your organization clause in Article II 2.03 (c)
  • Part IV, Narrative Description of your Activities
    • Create narrative Description of your activities
  • Part V, Compensation and Other Financial Arrangements With Your Officers, Directors, Trustees, Employees, and Independent Contractors
    • 1a) Add Michael Cooper to list of directors
    • 5a) Attach a copy of PaxSpace Conflict of Interest policy
    • 9a) Attach a copy of information regarding PaxSpace's Sublease with BCF Solutions.
  • Part VI, Your Members and Other Individuals and Organizations That Receive Benefits From You
    • 1a) Describe each program that provides goods, services, or funds to individuals.
    • 1b) Describe each program that provides goods, services, or funds to organizations.
  • Part VII, Your History
    • None
  • Part VIII, Your Specific Activities
    • None
  • Part IX, Financial Data
    • All Directors must review included financial data
    • Complete if required B) Balance Sheet
  • Part X, Public Charity Status
    • 6) MUST Request advanced ir definitive ruling.
      • a) Advanced Ruling, Is NO longer available
      • b) Definitive Ruling, must have completed one tax year of at least 8 full months.

Part VIII, Specific Activities descriptions

Microcontroller Mondays

  • What is the activity?
    • This activity is an open house style event for people interested in exploring microcontrollers such as the Arduino, PIC, and the TI Chips.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace who wanted to learn more about microcontrollers.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • Every Monday at 7:30 PM until the last person leaves.
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is free and open to the public or at a greatly reduced rate versus commercial available options. The PaxSpace Makerspace's equipment, meeting space and some consumables are made available to all participants. Other non-profit organizations and those pursuing charitable activities use the weekly meetup to learn more about microcontrollers and other electronic technology as well as network with those who have expertise and are willing to apply that expertise to relevant charitable work.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is information exchange and mentorship on the science of microcontroller design and theory. Experts and those well-versed in the technology share information with each other and mentor those with little to no experience with the technology. Often, a potential hobbyist will bring a project they cannot complete to the event to seek advice and mentorship in completing the project and learning techniques and theory to complete more advanced projects or design new ones.
      • Scientific: The activity's secondary aim is to engage with microcontroller and related technology, discover new applications of the technology and test the limits and potentials of existing technology and theory in the field.
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Those participating in mentorship and research activities do so as volunteers.

Introduction to 3D Printing

  • What is the activity?
    • Provides a basic overview of what 3D Printing is, how it works, and the workflow required to print in 3D. The student will create a small 3D model in Google SketchUp and step through the processes and print the model.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace who want to share their knowledge and experience with 3D printing using PaxSpace's 3D Printers.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • Bi-weekly to Monthly for 2-3 hours for each session
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is free and open to the public or at a greatly reduced rate versus commercial available options. The PaxSpace Makerspace's equipment, meeting space and some consumables are made available to all participants.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is introduce the subject of additive manufacturing and 3D Printing to PaxSpace members and the public. 3D Printing is still more involved then your common desktop inkjet printer and requires a specific workflow and knowledge of design, structures, options and settings to get a quality product.
      • Scientific: The activity's secondary aim is to engage with the processes and advantages of additive manufacturing. PaxSpace plans to use and develop new print heads and configurations to improve 3D Printing performance and material options
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Those participating in mentor ship and research activities do so as volunteers.

Introduction to Arduino Microcontrollers

  • What is the activity?
    • Provides an overview of basic electronics and an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller. The student is introduced to basic electronics concepts and performs in class simple electronics breadboard experiments. Basic programming is also introduced with the use of the Arduino microcontroller. The student writes simple programs and learns to compile and download them to the target Arduino microcontroller.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace who want to share their knowledge and experience with electronics and microcontrollers.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • Bi-weekly to Monthly for 2-3 hours for each session
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is free and open to the public or at a greatly reduced rate versus commercial available options. The PaxSpace Makerspace's equipment, meeting space and some consumables are made available to all participants.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is introduce the subject of electronics and programming at a beginner level that provides a foundation for the student to learn and experiment on their own and/or participate in events such as PaxSpace's Microcontroller Mondays.
      • Scientific: The activity's secondary aim is to provide a basic foundation to further the explosion of innovation that can be seen with smart phone apps, robotics, and 3D Printing that this class provides and introduction too.
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Those participating in mentorship and research activities do so as volunteers.

PaxSpace Kids

  • What is the activity?
    • This activity is an open house style event for kids ages 5-8 interested in exploring science and engineering topics.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace with experience appropriate for the topic being taught.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • The 3rd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm.
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is completely free and open to the public. The PaxSpace Makerspace's equipment, meeting space and some consumables are made available to all participants.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is to bring a love of science and technology to children through fun demonstrations, experiments, and activities. The children are given hand-on experience with anything from basic circuit design to software development to structural engineering.
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Monetary and material donations also help to offset the costs of any required consumables.

Introduction to using Blender for 3D CAD

  • What is the activity?
    • Provides a basic overview of Computer Aided Design, how it works, and the workflow required to do so using Blender. The student will create small 3D models under the instruction of a seasoned 3D modeler.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace who want to share their knowledge and experience with 3D design using Open-Source Software.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • Bi-weekly to Monthly for 2-3 hours for each session
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is free and open to the public or at a greatly reduced rate versus commercial available options. PaxSpace Inc's equipment and meeting space are made available to all participants.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is introduce the subject of Computer Aided Desing (CAD) to PaxSpace members and the public. Blender is an Open Source alternative to often expensive CAD software suites and serves its purpose well for explaining how to perform some CAD.
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Those participating in mentor ship and research activities do so as volunteers.

Introduction to Through Hole Soldering

  • What is the activity?
    • Provides a basic overview of Through hole soldering which is the first step towards creating your own circuits.
  • Who conducts the activity?
    • This event is conducted voluntarily by members of the PaxSpace Makerspace who want to share their knowledge and experience with soldering and teaching the lessons learned to foster an environment of advancement.
  • When is the activity conducted?
    • Bi-weekly to Monthly for 2-3 hours for each session
  • Where is the activity conducted?
    • This activity is conducted at our facility.
  • How does the activity further your exempt purposes?
    • This activity furthers the following exempt purposes:
      • Charitable: The activity is free and open to the public or at a greatly reduced rate versus commercial available options. PaxSpace Inc's equipment and meeting space are made available to all participants. Participants will also walk away with some hardware that they have personally created which can be used to further their own projects.
      • Educational: The activity's primary aim is introduce the subject of through hole soldering to PaxSpace members and the public. There are numerous ways to learn how to solder circuits and several will be taught so that the lessons learned from previous experiences can be put forward.
  • How is the activity funded?
    • The meeting space and utilities for the space are funded by members, the equipment is primarily donated or paid through membership dues and donations. Those participating in mentor ship and research activities do so as volunteers.