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Charity? Non-profit? No revenue? | Weblog • lichess.org


We’ve spoken earlier than about Lichess’s moral stance and the way we do “enterprise”. Certainly, on the backside of this and each different of our weblog posts there’s a quick rationalization:

Lichess is a charity and fully free/libre open supply software program.
All working prices, improvement, and content material are funded solely by person donations.

We aren’t going to deal with that facet once more (at the very least not right now), however as an alternative make clear what it means to be a non-profit or a charity, because it’s clearly a message that should get on the market extra:

Stick to us by the definitions!

Non-profit: no internet revenue (revenue past bills) will profit any particular person.

That is in distinction to most companies the place both non-public house owners or public shareholders acquire monetary advantages from the earnings of the enterprise.

Charity: an organisation with philanthropic targets, aiming to enhance a group ultimately.

After all, exact authorized definitions will differ by nation, and technically Lichess is a French affiliation — which encompasses non-profit standing and charitable standing — with a objective to “promote and encourage the instructing and follow of the sport of chess and its variants”.

Definitions over, onto the principle article!

A typical false impression we see is that our non-profit standing means Lichess is barely surviving. In spite of everything, an organisation with out revenue is a nasty organisation, proper? No!

Revenue is a mechanism the place people (house owners or shareholders) syphon off worth from an organisation for his or her private acquire. For a non-profit, we are able to generate the identical revenue as a for-profit firm, however the important thing distinction is that all of that revenue goes again into the organisation, to maintain it rising, preserve making it higher, and in our case preserve it free.

There’s a number of rhetoric about how companies can do extra for the group, by advantage of being for revenue. However in actuality, a non-profit is placing 100% of its revenue again into the group. Absolutely the quantities could also be totally different, since a smaller share of a bigger complete revenue can nonetheless be extra total, nevertheless for equal revenue a non-profit is by definition doing extra (or at the very least ought to be!).

Lichess additionally generates (nearly) all our revenue from donations, however in principle, a non-profit may have a subscription/paywall mannequin and probably generate way more revenue (don’t fear, we gained’t). The rationale we don’t use that type of enterprise mannequin isn’t {that a} charity couldn’t use it. As an alternative it’s as a result of we expect it’s a unhealthy mannequin for attaining our objective of selling chess.

The ultimate wrinkle within the definitions is that it’s doable to be a non-profit however, like FIFA, nonetheless take cash out of an organisation in different methods. Rule-abiding non-profits (akin to Lichess) additionally pay salaries to workers. We publicise these at lichess.org/prices so you possibly can see whether or not these are according to market charges and affordable.

Lichess has plans to change into the next class of charity inside France – and a few of what we have completed over the 12 months is to analysis and start that multi-year course of. We are going to give an replace on that, and our charity’s plans, later this 12 months.

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