Where do I sign up for the class action?
Location: The Couchsurfing Project >> We are upset that CS has become a for-profit corporation
It seems that people have the right to have their donations back!
The full post is here:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=7621&post=3371426#post4090472 and it was made in 2009. I think they know it, and that's why they changed the badge to "pioneer", so you can feel "as part of it", and less likely you would ask for your money back.
[T]he charity status in New Hampshire depends on a positive outcome of the 501(c)(3) application. Without it, sooner or later charity status in New Hampshire will be withdrawn. This will mean: solicitations of charitable donations will become illegal, and no more volunteer visas for non-US Green Card holders can be obtained to attend work duties in the US. An organisation with a withdrawn charity status on its record may very well also be much less welcome to hold 'collectives' in other countries.
It would also mean that the nature of all past 'donations' will become disputable. As of today more than 85,000 members have been verified, the vast majority probably by making a 'donation'. A certain percentage of those will feel that the 'donation' was solicited under false pretences unless 501(c)(3) status will be obtained in the not too distant future, and even more of them in the event of charity status being withdrawn completely. They may ask for their money back. And seeing that it affects such a number of people, this may well be a typical case of a class action law suit, where individuals can join their own case to the pending action without financial risk. This may well result in Couchsurfing's bankruptcy.