Burning Man: Moving From a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, the Ultimate Act of Gifting

Burning Man: Moving From a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, the Ultimate Act of Gifting

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This case centers on Burning Man as an organization, and how its leadership intentionally moved from a for-profit limited liability corporation to a non-profit 501 (c)(3), in keeping with a long-term view of what was in the Burning Man community’s best interests. Burning Man started thirty-one years ago with two friends burning a wooden effigy on Baker Beach. Since then, the annual Labor Day event has grown significantly in attendance and scope, with more than 70,000 participants in 2017. The expansive grounds of “the playa,” where the Burning Man event is held, transforms into a city shaped like a clock face, with well-marked streets, camps, and luminously large pieces of art that reach over seventy feet tall. During the annual Burning Man event, nothing can ...

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