"I know why RevGalBlogPals is a webring. But why is there also RevGalBlogPals, Inc?"
Here's the story of the birth of RGBP Inc. A number of RGBP bloggers met up in May, 2006, at the Festival of Homiletics in Atlanta. They discussed the webring and the activities that members of the webring have been engaged in together as well as ideas for the future of the group. After that meeting, Quotidian Grace was asked to incorporate a non-profit corporation in order to provide ownership and oversight of the webring and our publications or joint projects, like the two devotional books the webring published (A Light Blazes in the Darkness and Ordinary Time), and the Cafe Press store. The group that met in Atlanta wanted to provide accountability and a corporate structure for the handling of the profits from these ventures and to be able to apply for grants for future projects, including, we hope, a face-to-face RevGalBlogPals event, from various foundations.
Quotidian Grace kindly agreed to help and in July, 2006, RGBP Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Texas. Later in the year we received a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.
RGBP Inc. is a membership organization for bloggers. You do NOT have to be a member of the corporation in order to join the webring, but you must have a blog in the webring to be eligible for corporation membership.
Members elected the first board of directors by email proxy October 27, 2006. Officers and committee chairs were selected by the board at its first meeting on November 20, 2006.
The corporation currently has 58 members. The webring has 269 blogs and continues to grow! Thanks be to God for new forms of community and connection!!