The Seasteading Institute is pleased to announce that it has received its Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service, stating that we are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Among the many benefits this allows, donations to us are tax-deductible (including past ones). The IRS has also determined that we are classified as a public charity.
We thank our generous donors for their initial support, especially Peter Thiel, whose [$500K contribution in early 2008](http://seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/press-releases/introducing-the-seasteading-institute) has been our primary source of funding. Now that we have received this determination, new areas of development are open to us, such as government and foundation grants. In conjunction with our existing [strategy](http://seasteading.org/mission/additionalreading/strategy) and [timeline](http://seasteading.org/mission/additionalreading/timeline), we will be creating a development plan to sustain this new movement over the long years that will be necessary to make our vision a reality.
Patri Friedman, Executive Director and Co-Founder, says: “The Seasteading Institute was founded to conduct the basic research and education necessary to develop the technology of seasteading and build a community around this bold new vision of human advancement. Our tax-exempt status recognizes the charitable nature of these efforts.”
We still need your support, so please consider [joining TSI as a member](http://seasteading.org/contribute/membership) or [directly funding a research project](http://seasteading.org/contribute/votewithyourwallet/) to help open the oceans as the next frontier for human development. If you’re interested in learning more about seasteading, consider attending [our upcoming conference](http://seasteading.org/interact/events/conference09), September 28-30, in San Francisco, CA.
This release can be linked as [http://seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/press-releases/tsi-receives-501c3-tax-exempt-status](http://seasteading.org/stay-in-touch/press-releases/tsi-receives-501c3-tax-exempt-status)
_About TSI: The Seasteading Institute is a California nonprofit corporation that tax exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. TSI’s mission is to establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems._