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Ira Fay
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Is BGG a non-profit? And if so, is there a way to find out it's tax ID so I can make a donation? Thanks!
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BGG is NOT a non-profit. To my knowledge it is owned by its two creators who run the site as a business. (See Aldie and Derk and Aldie's 2012 support message.

This said, IMO - their model does not treat BGG solely as a profit making venture and instead have an interest in furthering the hobby and cultivating an international community.

If you still wish to support you can do so here.
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I certainly support BGG. It just would be a bit easier (and open up other avenues of support) if it happened to be a non-profit. Thanks for the helpful reply!
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BGG is a business but like many businesses it's born out of the enjoyment of the product. It's been said that if you can turn your hobby into a business you'll never work another day in your life. In this case two guys who really liked boardgames started the website as sort of a hobby and it turned into a business.
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A business which relies largely on (unpaid) others (the users, who are asked each year to held fund the business) to provide the material with which to make money. Peculiar business model.
 
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JasonJ0 wrote:
Peculiar business model.


Not if you consider Facebook.
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Flightsurg wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
Peculiar business model.


Not if you consider Facebook.


Well, I do consider Facebook peculiar at best. Although regardless of a number of issues I have with BGG, I could not contemplate a comparison between the two - I don't have enough derogatory and disparaging words in my handy-dandy OED to adequately describe FB...
 
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JasonJ0 wrote:
Flightsurg wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
Peculiar business model.


Not if you consider Facebook.


I could not contemplate a comparison between the two


Well, then allow me...

Both are respositories of information. The information shared is provided by the users, true, but the recognized (virtual) location is agreed upon only by virtue of the website. The business is not so much the information, but the persistent location of the information and the architectural structure upon which the information is organized. If each of us had to begin anew in coalescing the information, the value of building a shared database would quickly become apparent. This central collection of information and the scaffold upon which to hang it (with the more difficult task of limiting the scope of the information rather than allowing any particular shred of data) is the true value of the business.

Welcome to the internet.
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Flightsurg wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
Flightsurg wrote:
JasonJ0 wrote:
Peculiar business model.


Not if you consider Facebook.


I could not contemplate a comparison between the two


Well, then allow me...

Both are respositories of information. The information shared is provided by the users, true, but the recognized (virtual) location is agreed upon only by virtue of the website. The business is not so much the information, but the persistent location of the information and the architectural structure upon which the information is organized. If each of us had to begin anew in coalescing the information, the value of building a shared database would quickly become apparent. This central collection of information and the scaffold upon which to hang it (with the more difficult task of limiting the scope of the information rather than allowing any particular shred of data) is the true value of the business.

Welcome to the internet.


Nope, the true value is the saleability of users and their information, as FB has shown.

The only question is value to whom?
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ira212 wrote:
I certainly support BGG. It just would be a bit easier (and open up other avenues of support) if it happened to be a non-profit. Thanks for the helpful reply!


It's not terribly difficult to make a donation to BGG even though it isn't a non-profit. All those patron badges show how easy it is...
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Re: Is BGG a non-profit?
ira212 wrote:
I certainly support BGG. It just would be a bit easier (and open up other avenues of support) if it happened to be a non-profit. Thanks for the helpful reply!


It's pretty easy. It took me less than a minute! Just click on the "patron" badge of someone's avatar to get started.
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