I"m sorry, I guess I have misunderstood the entire thread. First it starts with perhaps increasing one's membership and then morphs into donated membership.
Then " I'm sure there are members who are aware of beadmakers who would really like to join the ISGB, but just don't have the wherewithal to do it. Please, tell me what you think of this idea? Of course, I could just make a donation to the ISGB, but I think this way it benefits both the organization (in several ways, both financially as well as by bringing in more members who will bring their talents and skills to the group) as well as helping out a fellow beadmaker or two. Any thoughts?"
Then there are concerns about maintaining the non profit status of ISGB.
So then I gave my two cents on what I thought about giving away memberships and what could maintain the non profit status of ISGB.
Personally, I can't afford membership in ISGB. I have an anniversay this month of 5 years survival of lung cancer and am still on chemo. I have very little energy to do anything. I could make beads occasionally but could not get them to post office (and I see by Ebay that beads are not selling anyway.) But if I had the money to generously donate one or two memberships for fellow bead artists, It's highly unlikely I would have come to ISGB seeking some sort of defacto approval of my actions. I would hate for it to appear to others that perchance I was acting on behalf of ISGB, as ISGB does have a scholarship program (Meaning ISGB does charitable works as well). I would have just jumped in and made an announcement anywhere I wanted that I Personally was donating these memberships because ISGB is a good organization for bead artists to belong.
Then perhaps I would join the thread telling others of what I had done and encouraging them to do something like it on similiar lines.