[Fundraising] RE: [OSGeo-Board] German OSGeo Chapter formation, bank account

Dave McIlhagga dmcilhagga at dmsolutions.ca
Mon Aug 21 06:35:14 PDT 2006

Yup - just thinking that if this ends up being a model for other 
organizations around the world and somehow needed to be coordinated 
under a common OSGeo entity - yikes that sounds really complex, 
financially and legally.

Probably the net result is the need for an arm's length entity with 
OSGeo affiliation -- but I'll let Gary do his homework with the 
legal/financial guys on that one.


Gary Lang wrote:
> I have no idea what the ramifications of doing this are on the corporate 
> body that is OSGeo, but I suspect it can create headaches for us. I'll 
> find out.
> Gary
> -----Original Message-----
> From:   Arnulf Christl [mailto:arnulf.christl at ccgis.de]
> Sent:   Sun 8/20/2006 1:54 AM
> To:     board at board.osgeo.org; fundraising at fundraising.osgeo.org
> Cc:     discuss-de at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org; brassat at geo-consortium.de
> Subject:        [OSGeo-Board] German OSGeo Chapter formation, bank account
> Hello,
> the German FOSSGIS group has organized a few conferences starting with 20
> and growing to 80, 180 and 300 participants in the past years. An informal
> group started to organize funding and sponsoring. It consolidated into an
> organizing committee:
> http://www.fossgis.de/wiki/index.php/Organisationsteam_06
> You will also find most of these people in the German OSGeo Local Chapter
> member list:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Deutsch#Mitgliederliste
> We ended up with a small plus in 2006 - just a few thousand Euros (some of
> the Where 2.0 OSGeo t-shirts were funded with that money).
> The FOSSGIS team voted to join efforts with the OSGeo Foundation and
> planned to donate the money to OSGeo. But international transaction fees
> are a nuisance. Therefore the German Local Chapter requests for a
> dedicated (Germany based) banking account.
> Currently the money is on the bank account of the Geo-Consortium but we
> want to move it to a dedicated spearate account at the latest by the end
> of our fiscal year, the sooner the better as we plan to spend some money
> on the Open Source Park at the Intergeo 2006:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Intergeo_2006
> All transactions will then be public and we can be as transparent as we
> would like to be. What kind of fomral entity do we need to set up and get
> approved by OSGeo to do that?
> Torsten Brassat consented to continue doing the paperwork involved for the
> time being.
> I motion to appoint Torsten Brassat as treasurer of the German Local
> Chapter  banking account (formally he would be a sub-treasurer of Gary?).
> What else do we need to do?
> Best regards,
> Arnulf.
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