Official Zeitgeist Movement NPO
As of June 2016, The Zeitgeist Movement has established a US-based 501c3 non-profit organization to help with core administrative tasks. Based in California, and chaired by core members of the Los Angeles Chapter of TZM, this tax exempt entity allows for tax deductible donations.
Allocation of donated funds include: Funding website work, covering administrative and hosting fees; the development and promotion of global event days, such as the Media Festival and Zeitgeist Day; expanding public relations work; along with overall media outreach, including better social networking strategies. We also seek to create a better communicative infrastructure to help chapters, while ensuring reliable project heads to help guide volunteer actions in large endeavors.
To clarify how this affects Zeitgeist Movement Chapters:
- TZM is not an NPO. There was a confusing statement in Peter's introduction video that 'TZM is now an NPO'. That was stated incorrectly. What was meant to be communicated is as follows: A new NPO has been formed by the Movement’s founder, Peter Joseph, with the specific mission statement to support the advocacy of a NL/RBE economic system and its education in the public domain.
...The specific purpose of this Corporation shall include without limitation; educating the public about what a universal resource based economy (aka “RBE”, aka “NL/RBE”) is, how it works, the resulting benefits, and how to transition present socioeconomic systems into it without social disruption or inconvenience. This will be accomplished by [the NPO] operating to raise financial support for The Zeitgeist Movement’s (“TZM”) awareness and educational events...
- The NPO is a legal, non-profit 501(c)3 corporate entity obligated by California law and IRS rules.
- The NPO is an independent entity that operates at the discretion of its board members. The small print above is a summary of their mission statement. It is very similar to the volunteer chapter purpose.
- The board members are volunteers, they take no salary. They are subject to California law and IRS rules (IRS is the Internal Revenue Service), whereas all other TZM volunteers participate freely through the volunteer guidlines of the TZM Chapter Structure
More info can be found on the global TZM website: http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/support
Download PDF Here: TZM Orientation PDF (Full)
The TZM Chapter structure is our communication network to organize world-wide. Each new chapter gives people in that region a place to go to engage in these ideas. At the moment the Movement’s focus is on awareness activism of not only the Movement’s presence, but of the root-causes to persistent social problems and a sustainable solution which can be briefly named a resource-based economic model. The chapters themselves are focused on on-the-ground awareness projects and social interaction in regard to this direction.
Founded in 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement is a Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of Global/Regional Chapters, Project Teams, Annual Events, Media and Charity Work.
The Movement's principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of "human nature" or other commonly held assumptions of causality in the activist community. Rather, The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure.
As sometimes comes up we have TZM supporters interested in putting energy into a local project such as: a sustainable intentional community, or some form of tech-farming, or off-grid initiatives for living, etc. The information provided in this article is to reiterate what has already been discussed in prior meetings regarding these projects and non-profit status in the U.S.
Just so you are aware, if you, or any TZM chapter member, or a coordinator, plans to create an Intentional Community or Non Profit Organization, these are NOT ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS! They are LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS managed by those individuals. TZM volunteers/admins take no responsibility for the management of any such local projects. While these projects may offer fantastic experiences for you to participate in locally, they are outside of what the Movement actually advocates.