[GRASS-PSC] Donations for the GRASS project
debeaudette at ucdavis.edu
Tue Mar 3 18:45:15 EST 2009
On Tuesday 03 March 2009, Markus Neteler wrote:
> (cc President of GFOSS.it)
> during the last Italian GFOSS/GRASS meeting (last week) we discussed again
> to add a "donate to GRASS" button (via Paypal) to
> (also site of the Italian OSGeo chapter).
> Given the fact that OSGeo is not interested in small donations (in my
> opinion OSGeo errs here ignoring the potential community donations,
> see for an old proposal: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Microdonations
> and remember how Wikipedia and OSM get money), I suggest to activate
> the button.
> The money is obviously hold in trust by GFOSS.it for the GRASS project.
> We could, once some money is accumulated, co-finance bug-squashing
> meetings, hack-sessings, promotional material or even invent our
> own "GRASS winter/spring/... of code" with a competition for the best
> GFOSS.it already does the same for the QGIS project.
> When operative, we can clone the button on the GRASS main
> Web site, too.
> Any objections to proceed?
None. I think that this is a great idea. +1 from me. I think that small
donations allow interested individuals to contribute small sums when they
have it on hand.
Thanks for looking into this.
> On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM, Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 4:01 PM, Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>
> >> Markus Neteler wrote:
> >> > While we are at it: do we have guidelines how to set up a new
> >> > sponsorship program? I want to launch one for GRASS now given
> >> > that we no longer use the IRST server as primary infrastructure.
> >> >
> >> > I see
> >> > http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Project_Sponsorship
> >> > but that doesn't address our needs. We want to collect small
> >> > money donations first which aren't under level regulations.
> >> > Think "donate button".
> >> Markus,
> >> We have no program for this, and the sponsorship program was explicitly
> >> established to handle larger amounts because of a concern that small
> >> amounts would prove to be a hassle to manage properly.
> >> Perhaps the finance committee could consider mechanisms for handling
> >> project directed small donations efficiently.
> > At this point we could set up our own mechanism (for now).
> > E.g. the German GRASS Association (a legal entity) could
> > handle the money on a trust basis in a managed account - they
> > do it already for the FOSSGIS.de series of conferences.
> > Of course we need consulations in the PSC and 8if so) with
> > the German GRASS Association first.
> > I just wanted to explore the current situation.
> > thanks,
> > Markus
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