Frequently Asked Questions
Who is FiNC?
Future is Now Coalition (FiNC) is an organization seeking positive changes in our political system. We are not a political party and will remain ideologically-neutral in our pursuit of a better American democracy. We champion the Digital Politics (DP) political framing urging greater transparency and accountability from our politicians, and we are building the corresponding Digital Democracy (DD) platform designed to improve how citizens explore candidates and make democratic choices. Our mission is to present independent, objective, and data-focused political information that transcends partisanship in order to improve our nation’s political participation and governmental effectiveness. Ultimately, we want to transform our democracy to be more responsive to the will of the people.
What would the funding go towards?
The majority of funding will be used for the development of the DD platform’s technology and outreach efforts. We aim to use this money to increase our platform’s adoption, implement new features, and better launch our message to the public. At this early stage, we are primarily concerned with investing in our platform for launch and paying our professionally diverse growing staff.
What is the Digital Politics (DP)?
Digital Politics (DP) is a new way of framing politics, returning to what our forefathers intended: to represent the American people. DP engages a citizen-focused realignment of politics to understand the core truth – Americans have more in common than our political discourse, media, and representatives lead us to believe.
Past all the propaganda, partisan loyalties, and special interests, there are ways to find novel solutions to our mutual problems in this country. DP harnesses digital resources to educate and unite the American public to finally start pursuing what is best for all of us.
What is the Digital Democracy (DD) platform?
Digital Democracy (DD) is our brand new tech platform designed to change how citizens explore political candidates and make democratic choices. DD will be your one-stop-shop for objective political information, from candidate beliefs to the major policy arguments of the day.
We aim for our platform to enable citizens nationwide to collaboratively – and more effectively – address the profound problems our country faces, regardless of party or ideological loyalties. DD’s searchable database will provide complete overviews of all political candidates, including policy positions, campaign promises, voting records, funding sources, and more. DD will also include a candidate matchmaker and easily accessible activist & independent media networking features.
Altogether, DD will be a fact-based, objective, and standardized source of information on every major political representative up for office.
What sources is FiNC using for the information presented on the DD platform?
FiNC will present only accurate and verified data on our Digital Democracy (DD) platform. We will primarily draw information on political contributions and campaign financing from OpenSecrets.org, the Federal Election Commission (FEC.gov), among other sources. We will also utilize candidate websites and other official documentation and public disclosures to fill out the politician profiles on DD. We are committed to the truth and transparency when it comes to our sources. Every fact on our website will be cited. In the future, any corrections we need to make will be done so swiftly and communicated to users.
Where is FiNC located?
The Future is Now Coalition (FiNC) is a remote-based organization of all-American workers that live across multiple time zones. We are a professionally diverse group of impassioned volunteers that want to see positive changes in our country’s political landscape. Our team is doing everything in our power to help create such changes. Though virtual for now, FiNC does intend to build a physical presence in the future, with citizen outreach and event attendance.
Is FiNC registered as a non-profit?
No, we are temporarily structured as an LLC at this time. Due to the political nature of our organization and mission, we are not allowed to register as a traditional non-profit 501(c)(3) and decided against registering as a Social Welfare Organization 501(c)(4) due to its legal complexities and its non tax deductibility.
However, we are dedicated to acting as a non-profit, with well-defined ethical standards and total transparency. To start, FiNC will rely on donations (see “How will FiNC get funding?” question below). In the future, we intend to make our organization employee-owned and our Digital Democracy (DD) platform citizen-owned. Throughout our operation, FiNC will remain committed to zero profits and intends to continuously reinvest in our mission, our platform, and our team.
In summary, we are temporarily an LLC with the plans to develop a custom non-profit cooperative structure in the future. To best maintain our independence and give us the flexibility to innovate while also remaining accountable to the American public, FiNC is not currently registered as a non-profit.
What are FiNC's plans for organizational structure?
We plan for FiNC to be an organization akin to a non-profit cooperative. That means we are mission-oriented and employee-owned. Our vision for the future includes a new business model that, for our purposes, is superior to the traditional 501(c)(3) structure. This custom structure will feature an unparalleled system of checks and balances, with an org-wide Board of Directors and a democratic decision-making process. Our non-profit cooperative structure will allow us to stay true to our values and mission as we help reform the political landscape in America with our platform. We will disclose all funding sources through periodically published reports, reflecting FiNC’s commitment to transparency.
How will FiNC get funding?
At FiNC, we will initially rely solely on grassroots donations to remain pure and unbiased. We do not accept equity investments, preventing anyone from buying influence. FiNC depends on support from Americans like you to continue building our movement and platform. In the future, we plan to generate supplementary revenues through ads and premium memberships on our Digital Democracy (DD) platform, with other revenue plans coming. Any revenue made will be used for operating expenses and reinvestments into the platform as we remain committed to zero profits.
How can I donate to FiNC?
You can donate to FiNC through our website’s donate page, here. Any of our active crowdfunding campaigns, such as through IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, will also live on this page. Donations go primarily to the development of our Digital Democracy (DD) platform, outreach efforts to spread our message and build our movement, and paying our staff for their hard work.
Why should I donate to FiNC?
You should donate to FiNC to upgrade democracy and improve America’s politics to be more transparent, accountable, and representative to you! Donate to FiNC to help us spread awareness about the new political infrastructure of Digital Politics (DP) and the corresponding tech platform, Digital Democracy (DD). We are a small but growing organization and our continued development is reliant on grassroots funding from everyday citizens like yourself. Join us, and together we can create a more honest and responsive government.
What are FiNC’s long-term goals? How does FiNC plan to change the world?
FiNC’s long-term goals are to fundamentally upgrade democracy by creating services and tools that empower Americans to innact genuine change at the core. We hope to reduce division, evoke compromise, and work on building a consensus reality that most Americans can understand – and effectively act upon. FiNC plans to change the world by being a force of unity within the contentious environment that is modern political discourse. We are uncompromising in our vision and will, no matter what, remain committed to being an ideologically-neutral advocate for better communication across partisan lines and greater transparency and accountability in our political leaderships’ campaign funding, promise keeping, and policymaking.