[Board] Activity Update...
dmcilhagga at dmsolutions.ca
Tue Jul 3 08:01:18 PDT 2007
Sorry for the delay getting back to you about the fundraising issue.
Clearly -- fundraising is and must remain a top priority for our
organization until we can feel confidence in terms of our ongoing
ability to sustain the organization.
I think the biggest hurdle that we face is that no volunteer will be
able to commit the core time required to maintain the drive forward
that is a necessity for fundraising. I for one am more than happy to
wear my board hat and make the pitch ... but I can't begin to commit
the time that is required to produce the information and organize the
"campaign" that we need to go with it.
For this reason -- I'd like to suggest Tyler that you play a strong
leadership role in FunCom including chairing the committee. It should
probably consume about 25% of your time until we are financially
stable as an organization. It's the one committee we really can't
afford to leave to the vagaries of community contribution - the risk
is too high for the organization.
There remains a lot of work to do to be successful in this area --
the sooner we can get moving the better.
On 27-Jun-07, at 10:55 AM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
>> Hello - I started to write an email update, but ended up pushing
>> it out as a series of blog posts, so more people will see it.
>> Please see the last 3 postings at:
> Thanks for the updates in your blog, they are great. We really need
> some way of making these more evident. Perhaps a box on the main page
> with links to recent blog entries on osgeo.org?
>> There are a few items in there that are worth discussing over the
>> next couple weeks - I'd love to hear your opinion, especially on
>> the fundraising items.
> I was a bit surprised by "We've never had any real commitment to
> revenue targets - how many donors, how much from grants, who is
> responsible for doing it all,"
> We do have revenue targets, theoretical numbers of each class of
> and how much from grants. It is also the responsibility of the
> Committee to pursue this task. I'm not sure what you mean by a "real
> What we lack is people interested in actually raising funds. I ran
> of steam as Fundraising Chair last year and tried to resign but with
> little success in getting a replacement. Since getting the
> program passed I have done essentially nothing committee-wise though
> I have pursued GDAL project sponsorships (also promoting the option of
> OSGeo general sponsorships).
> Clearly we either need to get some people interested in doing
> or we need to radically revise our expected income potential.
> PS. If we were to roll-up FunCom back into the board, how would
> non-board members get involved?
> Best regards,
> I set the clouds in motion - turn up | Frank Warmerdam,
> warmerdam at pobox.com
> light and sound - activate the windows | http://pobox.com/~warmerdam
> and watch the world go round - Rush | President OSGeo, http://
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