[PSDR] Feedback on HamWAN mission statement / purpose

Bart Kus me at bartk.us
Thu Sep 27 20:49:52 PDT 2012


As part of becoming a non-profit and seeking a 501(c)(3) status with the 
IRS, HamWAN needs to formalize its stated purpose.  This language needs 
to be generic enough to not encumber the organization's goals in the 
coming years, and yet specific enough to define the correct focus and 
meet 501(c)(3) criteria.  Below is my first draft at this mission 
statement, and I'd like to get feedback on it, especially from anyone 
who has been through founding an org and seeking 501(c)(3) status.  Here 
we go:

*HamWAN Mission Statement*

HamWAN is focused on creating, operating and coordinating free digital 
networks.These digital networks are used for (1) emergency 
communications when other systems go down, (2) research and development 
in the realm of microwave networking, (3) a means of free digital 
communication for anyone who is or becomes a licensed radio amateur, (4) 
an educational resource in spreading the knowledge of how to create, 
operate and use such networks.All knowledge generated and gathered by 
HamWAN in the realm of microwave networking is made freely available to 
the public for unrestricted consumption.Coordination services provided 
by HamWAN ensure the interoperability of other similar networks not 
directly under HamWAN's control.



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