[Board] new Sponsors page draft

Venkatesh Raghavan raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Fri Oct 16 07:21:52 PDT 2015

Thanks Jeff, for clarifying this issue,
I hope it can be fixed with the greatest urgency.
I suggest we contact and invoice all the sponsors.
I would also suggest that we consider to hire some
professional help to manage relationships with



On 2015/10/16 21:47, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi Jeroen,
> As Jody mentioned, I am sorry for this confusion.  I will try to 
> summarize the situation here, and OSGeo treasurers can correct me, but 
> I think it is important that we speak of this openly (I don't think 
> this has ever been publicly spoken of, since I've been on the board 
> since 2009).
> I believe OSGeo's long battle to resolve the non-profit tax status 
> (thank you Tyler and Daniel for resolving) affected our invoicing of 
> sponsors in 2013.  We are now of course 501(c)(4) exempt, but that 
> came in late 2013, and even then I remember there were some 
> complications and further steps needed to clear up.
> It was then decided that existing sponsors would not be invoiced for 
> 2013 to 2014 (a "free ride" so to speak).  The same I believe happened 
> for 2014 (no new invoices were sent out to existing sponsors).
> So as far as I am aware, that brings us to 2015-2016.
> Yesterday during the OSGeo Board meeting, sponsors were discussed 
> (search for "sponsor" text in the logs at 
> http://irclogs.geoapt.com/osgeo/%23osgeo.2015-10-15.log) and the OSGeo 
> board decided to update the sponsors page listing the current sponsor 
> thinkWhere, and then list all past sponsors below that.  Then, late 
> last night I updated the sponsors page as we agreed in that meeting.
> I believe we/OSGeo must now contact all past sponsors and possibly 
> invoice.  Thankfully Jody is interested in championing this and will 
> work with the current OSGeo treasurer Mike Smith.
> I hope this clarifies what has been happening through the years, and I 
> am sure others will speak up now and correct me where I made improper 
> assumptions, but it is good to speak about this publicly, and improve 
> on it for 2015-2016.
> Jeroen I too don't like not seeing the GeoCat logo there.  Maybe we 
> can fast-track all this and you can phone me today and we can work 
> through this together?
> -jeff
> On 2015-10-16 2:55 AM, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:
>> Hi Jeff,
>> I'm confused... GeoCat has always been a sponsor and to the best of 
>> my knowledge still is. If this is not the case according to OSGeo it 
>> is because no recurring invoice was send to us. We may not be the 
>> only sponsor dropping off the list if this is the case. Can you put 
>> GeoCat back on instead of on a list of previous sponsors? We've been 
>> sponsor since GeoCat was founded in 2007 and will likely continue to 
>> do so in the future.
>> It would be nice to see a new plan where company size is taken into 
>> account indeed.
>> Thanks,
>> Jeroen
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>>> Op 16 okt. 2015 om 01:43 heeft Jeff McKenna 
>>> <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> het volgende geschreven:
>>> Hi Board, all,
>>> As discussed in today's Board meeting, I've updated the Sponsors 
>>> page to list our current sponsor (thinkWhere) and list all of the 
>>> previous sponsors: 
>>> http://www.osgeo.org/content/sponsorship/sponsors.html
>>> This would have to be verified by the Treasurer.  I tried very hard 
>>> to list all past OSGeo sponsors, I went through many old documents, 
>>> as far back as 2006.  Please let me know if I made any mistakes.
>>> I'd like to thank Alan Moore of thinkWhere 
>>> (http://www.thinkwhere.com/) for their current sponsorship, and each 
>>> and every past sponsor of OSGeo:
>>> 1Spatial
>>> 2ndQuadrant
>>> ASTUN Technology
>>> Autodesk
>>> Boreal-Information Strategies (Borealis)
>>> Camptocamp
>>> First Base Solutions Inc.
>>> GeoCat
>>> Institut Geographique National (IGN) France
>>> Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) Brazil
>>> Karttakeskus
>>> LizardTech, A Celartem Company
>>> Metaspatial
>>> Ordnance Survey
>>> PCI Geomatics
>>> WhereGroup
>>> -jeff
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