What does TSS's nonprofit
status mean for Texas caving?
Except for The Texas Caver,
nearly all publications on Texas caves have been published by TSS. These
have been widely used by cavers for many years. Although TSS produced few
publications between 1979 and 1993, much of the information on Texas caving
that is now considered common knowledge was first provided and made widely
accessible by TSS reports. The main impact of nonprofit status will be
to improve TSS's ability to compile and publish information.
TSS is composed of a flexibly-sized
board of directors, currently numbering 15, who are actively involved in
cave data management and/or publication. TSS does not have a membership
from which to draw funds; nearly all funds are presently derived from publication
sales. However, printing a publication rapidly drains TSS's meager bank
account, and sales take months or years to recover the loss. Meanwhile,
office expenses to acquire new data, and to maintain and organize existing
and incoming information, continue to trickle away the dollars. Yet with
TSS's new nonprofit status, donations are tax deductible and can thus become
an important means of preserving the future of the Texas cave database
and of insuring a continued regular production of quality publications. Donations to TSS can be of two types: material or monetary.