[Board] new Sponsors page draft

Sanghee Shin shshin at gaia3d.com
Fri Oct 16 08:21:47 PDT 2015


I think managing the relationship with sponsors is the typical marketing committee job. Can I know the status of marketing committee? It seems dormant. 


Shin, Sanghee
Gaia3D, Inc. - The GeoSpatial Company

> 2015. 10. 16., 오후 3:21, Venkatesh Raghavan <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp> 작성:
> 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
> sponsors.
> Best
> Venka
> 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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