This is a draft version of a planned press release

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Appropedia Foundation Receives 501(c)(3) Exemption, Catalyzes Users to Co-Create Sustainable Solutions

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The IRS has granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt and public charity status to The Appropedia Foundation, an organization focused on stakeholder created, open source appropriate technology, international development and sustainability solutions. The Appropedia Foundation oversees which has delivered nearly that million pageviews of its thousands of pertinent pages.

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City, State (PRCOMPANY) December 6, 2007 -- The Appropedia Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a Letter of Determination from the IRS granting us 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. The IRS also classified the Foundation as a public charity. Among the many benefits, such as applying for grants and receiving services and discounts from numerous organizations, US donors can enjoy tax advantages from supporting The Foundation.

Curt Beckmann, Board treasurer, stated, "It is great to be recognized by the United States as an organization worthy of tax-exempt status."

The Appropedia Foundation is a California non-profit corporation with an international Board of Directors and diverse Board of Advisors. The Foundation's mission is to provide the complete infrastructure for collaborative problem solving in sustainability and international development. is the embodiment of this mission.

Already, in less than two years on shoestring budget, has been able to catalyze hundreds of users to bring thousands of pertinent, critical and beneficial articles to nearly two million views. Recent successes such as Service Learning engagements in courses at Clarion and Humboldt State Universities have brought Appropedia further into academia, while partnerships with groups such as Philippine BioDigesters and Demotech have brought Appropedia further into the field. is becoming the de facto resource area for many organizations working towards positive change. The tax exemption milestone will enable the community to further boost The Foundation, which in turn will accelerate the growth and enrich the capacity of The Foundation's particular near term focus is on expanding access with new features and additional languages, while building awareness of the power of grassroots collaboration. The resulting resource will further encourage the collaborative spirit of individuals and organizations already working to improve the quality and sustainability of life for all.

For more information on The Appropedia Foundation and its efforts to enable collaborative solutions in sustainability and international development, please visit You can view a copy of The Foundation's Letter of Determination at GuideStar. Visit and search for Appropedia.


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Good progress on this! I just wanted to suggest a clarification of:

As the US based organization in support of an international site, The Appropedia Foundation hopes to encourage partner non-profit organizations in other countries that can help to expand the culture of collaboration through local support of

I'm unclear on the significance of specifying other countries... (do we mean "around the world", ie including the US?) Does local support of mean financial, i.e. providing a channel for locally tax-deductible donations? (I'm not sure that's what's meant, but it's one interpretation that came to me.) --Chriswaterguy · talk 17:26, 22 November 2007 (PST)

A very valid question... I'm currently struggling with the wording. My goal is to somehow convey Appropedia as an international site, with international perspective and aspirations, and even to some degree an international present. And yet I can't get around the fact that Appropedia Foundation is a US group. In hindsight, I wish we had name it Appropedia International or something like that, but that would have been only half the problem. That would have suggested an umbrella group, which doesn't seem right.
What I don't want is to convey this idea that we're a US-centric group who is gonna tell you what your problems are, then tell you the solutions to your problems.
Is that asking too much for a single press release? :-) CurtB 21:11, 22 November 2007 (PST)
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