[OSGeo-Board] Spending Approvals, Money, etc

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Wed Aug 23 14:47:54 PDT 2006


Let's face it. It will feel less like you're spending Autodesk's money when you aren't. A psychic shell game with accounts is just that. So let's get going on the budget and fundraising to bring in other sponsors besides ADSK. Glad to see you doing this.

Gary

--- Original Message ---
From: "Michael P. Gerlek" <mpg at lizardtech.com>
Sent: Wed 8/23/06 4:51 pm
To: "Frank Warmerdam (External)" <warmerdam at pobox.com>, "OSGeo-Board" <board at board.osgeo.org>
Cc: 
Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Board] Spending Approvals, Money, etc

I think I am like Frank in that I feel sort of uncomfortable going to
"Autodesk" (Gary/Laura) for reimbursements.  I guess don't really mind
using my own credit card and getting reimbursed (that's how I do it when
travelling for LizardTech), but it still "feels" like I'm not spending
my own (OSGeo's) money but someone else's (Autodesk's).

I'd feel better overall if, say, VisCom had a fixed quarterly budget I
could track and draw from.  Case in point, I just went ahead and bought
a bunch of shirts to bring as gifts for our generous Chinese friends: if
I'd had a known budget I was responsible for, I might have not done that
-- or, alternately, I might have bought nicer shirts.  Another case:
with a budget, I would be in a better position to decide whether or not
to pay the rush fee and express delivery to try and make the MapAsia
delivery date.

-mpg


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Warmerdam [mailto:warmerdam at pobox.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 10:00 AM
> To: OSGeo-Board
> Subject: [OSGeo-Board] Spending Approvals, Money, etc
> 
> Folks,
> 
> I think it is still proving a bit challenging to approve expenditures
> in a sensible fashion, partly because I think Autodesk is 
> just paying many
> of them.
> 
> I'd like to make this all a bit more arms-length if possible 
> by actually only
> spending money out of our own account for stuff like shirts 
> that are actually
> approved as OSGeo expenses.
> 
> To prime the pump, I'd like to provide a personal loan to 
> OSGeo of $6K USD,
> payable in six month (without interest).  This gives us a bit 
> of pocket
> change we can spend before actual sponsorships and other 
> money starts to come
> in.   Of course, it isn't very much money, so we still need 
> to be careful how
> we spend it.
> 
> If there are no objections I can mail a cheque to Gary late this week.
> 
> Best regards,
> -- 
> ---------------------------------------+----------------------
> ----------------
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> warmerdam at pobox.com
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> http://osgeo.org
> 
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