Legal Documents (Standards)
Please read our Articles of Incorporation and other legal documents if you have any questions about the legal status, standing or authority in law regarding Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Inc. of Kentucky or of its decentralized autonomous organization Globcal International, or any of its programs; the authoritative documentation is presented here.
Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Inc.
The following documents and pages are provided as a matter of the public record. The documents are present on our website for the convenience of members and the organization's officers. They are also presented to provide transparency to donors, the government and potential members.
Legal Status Documents
These are the most basic documents required to operate legally in the United States and are adequate for operating overseas under the standards of common law and maritime customs. Other documents are available based on the name of the document or its requirement under law of a particular nation. All documents available here in HTML are also available in PDF format from originals.
Listed on GuideStar ®
In 2020 to do business better and once again engage the public in our efforts, we were re-certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under our original EIN when we discovered our original entity ID was already in the Candid (Foundation Center) database. Since we were inactive from 2010-2020 we had to settle on a Bronze Seal, in December of 2020 we got our Silver, by May of 2021 we got our Gold and by 2022 we received our Platinum Seal.
Transparency is also one of the key components to nonprofit policy, Globcal International as a nonprofit cooperative decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and international nongovernmental organization (INGO) of public figures and goodwill ambassadors understand this well, it is also rational to limit how we engage with our donors, investors, members, philanthropists and the public.
Lawsuits, Complaints and SLAPP Litigation
Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Inc. does not encourage, invite or provoke lawsuits or civil complaints. Lawsuits are filed when it is clear that one party is doing harm to another; however this does not apply to damages based on false claims, non-commercial activities, creative commons, intellectual property that belongs to the public domain, ideas discussed by the Congress or strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP). Ecology Crossroads is not a stranger to the US Federal District Courts of Kentucky or state courts; we have successfully defended three SLAPP suits involving the public domain and intellectual property resulting in dismissal and the payment of all legal fees by the parties making the complaints.
Ecology Crossroads will not retain an attorney for any actions taken against it: if necessary our board will meet if a complaint is filed with the registered agent and will send a commissioned civilian officer if summoned by the court or a civil authority within the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the United States. In all places outside of Kentucky we will petition the court to appoint an attorney for us if our designated officer cannot be recognized by the court under federal or state law.
Cease and Desist Letters
Ecology Crossroads uses C&D Letters to effectively resolve most conflicts and potential issues with other parties, we also receive them and like all other businesses prefer to resolve our indifference or conflicts without going to court. Our organization takes very seriously cease and desist letters that are properly served to the General Counsel, Executive Officer, President or Registered Agent by both email and if legally necessary by postal mail as well. C&D Letters sent by 'only' by postal mail only require 60-90 days since March of 2020, when remote legal practice became a requirement with the US District Courts.
Most likely any civil complaint can be quickly resolved, it is also likely that any complaint a party may have with Ecology Crossroads is normally going to involve intellectual property, public domain, or the realm of the Creative Commons with one of our programs that we are endorsing, funding, or sponsoring, or one that belongs to us like the unincorporated or commissioned activities of Globcal International. Matters addressing intellectual property must be expressed in detail, cite the law, most likely we have already considered the impact, priority and legality of the term or idea that you are claiming. We are always open to discourse resulting in practical settlements, we are willing to disambiguate situations quickly and efficiently to satisfy the parties.
If you do plan to take us to court, you should realize we have successfully defended trademark and copyright matters in the past resulting in summary judgements or dismissal of verified complaints and years of litigation costing the plaintiffs millions in legal expenses. All three lawsuits were Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation involving the public domain, all three were solidly defeated despite their protagonists being greatly relieved the cases were dismissed or vacated. Ecology Crossroads operates within the limits of the law, it always has and always will.
No Registration Requirement in US States
Some US States, most of them, require that "charities" register in order to actively solicit funds from the people living within their legal jurisdiction; these laws are addressing the propriety of fundraising companies as well as the charity themselves. Active solicitation is the keyword here, most charities in the United States are not registered, except in their own state, because they do not actively engage fundraising companies or consultants, and most of them do not actively solicit funds using postal mail or telephone calls which would require registration. Companies that send direct mail solicitations to individuals (donors) that are not their actual members should be registered in each state.
Neither Ecology Crossroads, Globcal International or any of our other associated programs are engaged in charitable solicitation of funds directly from the public using email, postal mail or the telephone. All programs are promoted using the social media without targeting any particular geographic region or state. California has the strictest standards.