It’s Official: We’re a 501(c)(3)!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve received confirmation from the IRS of our 501(c)(3) public charity status!

Being granted 501(c)(3) status confers several new benefits:

  • Your individual contributions are tax-deductible. This is retroactive to our founding in December 2010.
  • We are eligible for matching programs offered by many of your employers.
  • Matching programs can match cash donations as well as volunteer hours.
    We are eligible for many free or discounted services, like Google apps, and products, like beer.
  • We can apply for many grants and other donations from foundations. Many companies are associated with foundations but can only give to another 501(c)(3).

Now that we’ve been recognized as a 501(c)(3), we’re ready to move forward with a number of initiatives.

Revising our membership structure

Our current membership structure doesn’t accurately reflect the kind of support we need or the kind of offerings we provide to the community. We’re currently working on a revised membership program. Look for this to debut in July of this year (after Open Source Bridge).

Establishing an office and community space

One of our main goals has always been to have a physical space to support our activities, our members, and our community. We’ve begun the search for a location to lease. With the support of our members, we would like to find and move into a space sometime this fall. Our vision for this space includes being able to host board and planning meetings, as well as small- to medium-sized user groups, hackathons, and workshops.

Providing fiscal sponsorship

An important part of our mission is to support those of you who want to run events and user groups. One way we can do this is by providing fiscal sponsorship, meaning that we provide the business and financial infrastructure you need to run your programs. We’re currently working out the details of this program and we’ll announce details over the summer.

How can I help?

There are many ways to pitch in. The simplest is to donate.

If you’d like to volunteer your time, let us know by completing our volunteer interest form. We have many opportunities, from helping to design and implement our new membership program, to helping plan one of our events.

Many Thanks

Thank you to the entire Syndicate board for helping put together our application. Thank you especially to Kirsten who dove in and helped us get our financials together so we could submit our application to the IRS on time.

And, of course, thank you to the many contributors and volunteers who make all of our activities possible in the first place!

Celebrate with us this Friday, 5/10, 4-6pm

We’d like to celebrate this milestone with all of you. Please join us this Friday, May 10th from 4-6pm at the Green Dragon (calagator).

Celebration of Life for Igal Koshevoy: Sunday, 4/21, 4pm-7pm at First Unitarian

We are planning a Celebration of Life for our friend and colleague, Igal Koshevoy. We welcome all who wish to participate, volunteer, and contribute to these efforts.

Igal’s memorial will be Sunday, April 21st from 4-7pm at First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR (map). Please RSVP at Eventbrite so we can plan accordingly. You can sign up as a volunteer when you RSVP, or by contacting carolynn@tenx.org.

We have set up koshevoy.net to help our community celebrate Igal’s life. Please share memories, photos or words of remembrance, and read what others have shared. We have also created a Facebook page, and on Twitter we request that you use the hashtag #igalko or his twitter handle @igalko.

Stumptown Syndicate is accepting contributions on behalf of Friends of Igal Koshevoy, if interested please read the Contribute page.

Goodbye, Igal

IgalSometime early Tuesday, April 9, Igal Koshevoy left us, following a long struggle with depression. He was a beloved member of our open source technology community, and will be missed.

Igal was a volunteer and core contributor for a large number of projects and groups in the Portland tech scene. He helped create Calagator, our community calendar, and became one of its core maintainers. He coordinated a number of user groups for several years, including pdxruby, pdxfunc, and pdxdevops. He was one of the founding committee members for Open Source Bridge, spending long nights to develop our OpenConferenceWare software in time to launch the conference. He hosted some of the most enlightening and entertaining BarCamp Portland and WhereCampPDX sessions on topics like Trains!, Strange Maps, Things that Hover, and more. He was also a skilled photographer and friend to all cats.

Igal, our community won’t be the same without you. We miss you very much.

We will be planning a memorial service. Please contact board@stumptownsyndicate.org if you would like to participate, or leave a comment here.

Join us at next week’s Town Hall!

Stumptown Syndicate will be having a town hall meeting next week on Wednesday, August 29th from 7-10pm at the offices of Geoloqi.

We’ve been busy planning our upcoming year of programs, and we want to tell you about what we’re working on and how you can get involved. We’re looking for people to join several new committees to work on projects for Stumptown Syndicate in general, as well as each of our program activities. We hope you can join us on Wednesday.

Stumptown Syndicate at OSCON

We know we’ve been quiet here on the Syndicate blog. We’re preparing a post to update you on all the awesome things we’ve been working on.

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be at O’Reilly’s OSCON next week. Not only are we running a booth in the non-profit pavilion of the expo hall, but we’re also giving a tutorial called Event Planning for Geeks. So, please stop by and say hi!

The Expo hall is open during the following times:

  • Tuesday, 7/17: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Opening Reception)
  • Wednesday, 7/18: 10:00am 4:30pm, 5:40pm – 7:00pm (Booth Crawl)
  • Thursday, 7/19: 10:00am – 5:00pm

If you don’t already have a ticket for OSCON, use the code OS12FOS for a 20% discount, or register for a free Expo hall pass.

Also, we’re looking for a few volunteers to help staff our booth. If you’re interested in helping for an hour or two, let me know.

Become a Syndicate Member Today!

Do you enjoy learning about technology from others at events like BarCamp, Ignite, Open Source Bridge, PDX Tech Workshops and user group meetings?

Do you want to see these events continue to grow and flourish? Do you want to see new events address a range of different topics?

Do you want to see new people, including those who are often left out from learning about technology, participate in these events?

If yes, then considering showing your support for technology education in Portland by becoming a Stumptown Syndicate member today!

We have a goal of 200 new members by June. You can help us to reach this goal — join today!

Jim Eastman Elected to the Board of Directors

At the Stumptown Syndicate Board meeting last week, we held elections for a new board member of Stumptown Syndicate. We are pleased to announce the election of Jim Eastman to the Board of Directors for Stumptown Syndicate.

Jim Eastman is an electrical engineer and embedded systems programmer. He has helped out with a number of Portland tech events, including serving as project manager for the last Open Source Bridge, and continues to assist with planning that and other events.

Happy Hour Open House on Monday, October 10th!

The Syndicate has a lot going on this Fall and we want to tell you all about it! Come by Collective Agency on Monday, October 10th from 4-7pm to enjoy some refreshments and hear what we have to say.

Calagator Link (including venue details): http://calagator.org/events/1250461241

At around 5:30pm, we’ll do a short presentation which will cover the following:

  • Our mission, strategic initiatives and how you can help
  • Progress on events like Ignite Portland, BarCamp Portland, Open Source Bridge and others
  • Volunteer needs and opportunities

Board Members will be on hand to answer your questions.

See you there!
Stumptown Syndicate

Continuing the BarCamp and Ignite Traditions

Stumptown Syndicate is committed to supporting the needs of the Portland technology community in a variety of ways. Given today’s announcement that Legion of Tech will be ceasing its programs, we’ve decided that one of the ways we can help address these needs is by coordinating and providing fiscal sponsorship of the Portland Ignite and BarCamp events.

How will this affect the events? We’re going to pick things up starting with what’s been announced so far, and work with the past planning teams to ensure a smooth transition. We intend to provide a stable base for running Ignite and BarCamp, so that any changes you see will be making these events even better than before.

How can you help? Ignite and BarCamp are entirely community run events, and we still need your help as organizers, volunteers, and sponsors to make these happen. Planning for Ignite Portland 10 will kick off with a meeting this Wednesday (see the blog for more), and we’ll send out announcements about getting involved in next year’s BarCamp in a few months.

How can you stay in touch and find out how to get involved later? Subscribe to our mailing list. Also check the individual event sites for information on planning meetings, volunteer opportunities, and other announcements.

Welcome!

Stumptown Syndicate is an Oregon nonprofit organization founded in December 2010 by Christie Koehler, Audrey Eschright, and Reid Beels, the current board of directors.

Its mission is to support technology education and community-building in Portland, OR through a variety of activities. Our current projects include organizing the annual Open Source Bridge Conference, providing meeting space support for user groups, and initiating a series of PDX Tech Workshops (starting with a beginning Ruby/Rails workshop in August).

You can find out more about what we’re up to on our wiki, and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on our work.