[Board] new Sponsors page draft

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 11:26:43 PDT 2015


Yep, this is a case of wait and then hurry up. I would like to take a
moment with Mike Smith to adjust sponsorship levels (to encourage greater
participation) before sending out invoices.

Jody

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Jody Garnett

On 16 October 2015 at 07:14, Michael Smith <michael.smith.erdc at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I can certainly provide either you or Jody invoicing abilities (via
> quickbooks) (or both).
>
> I'm very pleased that Jody has offered to work on this and I can certainly
> work on this together with Jody (or you but I think you have too much on
> your plate already).
>
> Mike
>
> On 10/16/15,  10:03 AM, "Board on behalf of Jeff McKenna"
> <board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org on behalf of jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Hi Daniel,
> >
> >The board did have a good discussion on this yesterday.  It is indeed
> >unfortunate that OSGeo sponsors haven't been invoiced since 2012, but I
> >feel it is good to be open with this now and keep an uptodate record of
> >this on the public page (note that if you check the logs of the meeting
> >this wasn't my idea at all, however I do agree with it).  I can commit
> >my time to working with past sponsors as well as building new
> >relationships, and it is really great that Jody is championing this.
> >Can I and/or Jody be given powers to invoice?  I would like to start
> >this today, no sense in waiting any more, especially as 2016 is
> >approaching.
> >
> >-jeff
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >On 2015-10-16 10:23 AM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
> >> Hi Board,
> >>
> >> I was surprised to read this morning that all sponsors had been removed
> >> right away with no effort to contact them. After all this has been on
> >> hold for about a year (since the IRS saga resolution), so there was no
> >> urgency to remove anyone from the website right away. It is our (OSGeo)
> >> problem if they were not invoiced, none of them are in fault for not
> >> paying their sponsorship invoice since they didn't receive one.
> >>
> >> I think it would have been polite to contact each sponsor and give them
> >> a few weeks to confirm their intention to stay or not before removing
> >> them from the page. My personal apologies to Jeroen/GeoCat and other
> >> past sponsors for not addressing this situation and following up with
> >> invoices last fall before leaving the treasurer seat.
> >>
> >> How about putting them all back online for now and removing only those
> >> who fail to confirm their intention to renew their sponsorship after a
> >> reasonable (few weeks) notice? Those who have already expressed their
> >> intention to NOT renew (I'm aware of at least one) should be removed
> >> right away of course.
> >>
> >> With respect to the situation of sponsors billing vs IRS, etc, the "free
> >> ride" mentioned in this thread was only discussed offlist as a potential
> >> solution and never formally approved, but the overall situation was
> >> mentioned publicly in my treasurer report last year at the AGM and on
> >> the mailing list here, so this is not news and the whole community was
> >> aware of it:
> >>
> >> https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2014-September/012066.html
> >>
> >> """
> >> Short term actions:
> >> -------------------
> >>
> >> ...
> >>
> >> - Invoice sponsors for 2013-14. We have not invoiced sponsors while we
> >> were waiting on resolution of our non-profit status from IRS since it
> >> was not clear at the time if their contribution would be taxable, so I
> >> preferred to wait. Now that the non-profit status is confirmed it's time
> >> to get back on track with our sponsors.
> >> """
> >>
> >> All that being said, thanks a lot to the new board for grabbing the ball
> >> and addressing the sponsors situation, something that I/we should have
> >> done a year ago after the IRS situation got resolved.
> >>
> >>
> >> Daniel
> >>
> >>
> >> On 2015-10-16 8:47 AM, 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
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> GeoCat Bridge for ArcGIS allows instant publishing of data and
> >>>> metadata on GeoServer, MapServer, PostGIS and GeoNetwork. Visit
> >>>> http://geocat.net for details.
> >>>> _________________________
> >>>> Jeroen Ticheler
> >>>> GeoCat bv
> >>>> Veenderweg 13
> >>>> 6721 WD Bennekom
> >>>> Tel: +31 (0)6 81286572
> >>>> http://geocat.net
> >>>>
> >>>>> 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
> >>>>> INGRES
> >>>>> 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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