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Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Consultation on Establishing A Hybrid Entity

Summary:

Support a non-profit dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping by providing a consultation on establishing a hybrid entity.

Jurisdiction(s): U.S.
About the Organization: HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. They work together to provide map data which revolutionizes disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action, Gender Equality, Good Health and Well Being, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Legal Issue(s):

HOT runs community programs, but also develops software applications that enable mapping. They were recently approached by a potential investor. In order to accept the funds, they would need to set up a for-profit entity. The HOT team is now seeking a consultation, to discuss the possibility of setting up a hybrid structure. They would like to explore options and better understand what it would look like for their organization (e.g., consider what structure works best and where their IP and other services would sit). They are particularly concerned about any tax implications, and implications for their international affiliate offices.