epiStoa started in 2018 as a Cooperative Association registered in Göttingen, Germany. In  May 2020 the General Assembly decided to dissolve the cooperative and to continue epiStoa as an association registered in France. The aims of epiStoa stayed the same. The articles of the association can be viewed here.
For comparison, the articles of the cooperative can be found here.
epiStoa is financially independent and it is democratic because the General Assembly has the ultimate saying and every member has exactly one vote in the Assembly. epiStoa's is largely self-organized and administrated by a board (present composition).