Maybe it is peripheral for many, but it should be pointed out that a "e.V." = "eingetragener Verein" in German law is a non-commercial legal entity (actually a legal person) that forms a popular framework for many interest groups in Germany, ranging from local sports teams to national charity entities.
These organizations significantly differ from U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations/corporations (such as the Gentoo Foundation) in that that they lack the tax exemption that 501(c)s can claim on their profits.
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