[Board] sponsorship document

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 08:43:57 PDT 2015

You are hitting several ideas in one email - a great way to lose focus in
an email thread :)

Motivations for sponsorship price point based on organization size is to
allow smaller organization that are 100% committed to open source to afford
the higher profile sponsorship option. I think we can do that without
isolating larger organizations.

We could also do a split by revenue (rather than body count) - which may be
more fair to our international sponsor base.

Going to keep this thread on topic - goal is to raise funds ( this is a
fundraising drive ) so we can pull together a budget forecast for planning
purposes. Having a website with a bunch of logos is fine marketting but it
is a different goal then what I am on about here.

Invitation: OSGeo is a volunteer organization - we are setting up "working
groups" for activities like this (rather than watch board members burn
out). If you reply to this thread I am adding you to the working group wiki
page (both to thank you for your input, and to encourage participation in
our foundation). The good news is that working groups are short term - this
working group will run for another couple weeks as we contact sponsors.
On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>

> Thanks Jody, I have added my name to the working group.  I am moving
> this to the public discussion (as mentioned on your wiki draft page).
> As I mentioned offline, I do like giving the small
> businesses/consultants a more reachable price point than 3000 USD, so I
> am glad that you have subsequently added a 1k option
> (http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship).
> Also, regarding organization size, could you explain this more?  Is this
> a guideline, or are you proposing that organizations must sponsor
> according to the number of employees they have?  I'll give you a
> physical example: for my local provincial non-profit GIS association (I
> was on their board a long time as well, ha, small world) the lowest
> sponsor level (bronze) is now 500 CAD.  For many years this was 250 CAD,
> and it just this went up to 500 CAD this year for bronze.  My company is
> a bronze sponsor, as well as a huge vendor, which I think is great that
> both organizations are involved there, I'm happy to see me listed with
> them.  However, that brings up several issues.  What would happen if we
> have 1000 USD as the bronze sponsor? (which I cannot afford, so I'd be
> gone)  What would happen if organization size was <3 for bronze?  That
> then knocks out both sponsors.
> Long story short, I do like adding more sponsor levels, especially for
> the average sized small business (the average business size in my
> province of Nova Scotia is 1.5 workers).  I like seeing as many logos as
> possible there, promoting their support for OSGeo.  So I even like a 500
> USD option.
> As a side note (yet strongly related), I saw today someone asking about
> the OSGeo service providers page.  Yes, interesting timing to be
> mentioning that :)
> -jeff
> On 2015-10-27 4:00 PM, Jody Garnett wrote:
> > You are welcome to take notes/ideas on the
> > wiki page <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship>, if so
> > please "join" the working group
> > <http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/2015_Sponsorship_Drive_Working_Group> (by
> > adding your name to the list) rather than as a board member.
> >
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