[Board] Request to OSGeo for chapter startup financial assistance

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Sun Aug 18 20:38:03 PDT 2019

That sounds good John, we should add this to our next board meeting.

Two questions:
- The AUD $5000-6000 do you have a quote or experience with another
organization leading to this estimate?
- Is there a good way to handle this? Donation or sponsorship or paying for
the accounting/legal services ...

Want to avoid catch-22 where you need to be setup with a bank account for
OSGeo to provide financial support to help setup ...

Jody Garnett

On Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 00:00, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi OSGeo Board,
> OSGeo Oceania already has an item on the next OSGeo board meeting agenda
> to discuss the formation of an Oceania regional chapter of OSGeo [1]. I'd
> like to add a request for financial support, and it likely makes sense to
> bring it up at the same meeting. The details of this request are as follows:
> We are in the process of establishing a set of ground rules for how we
> operate as a community, including:
> * how we recruit & retain our membership
> * how we run AGMs
> * how we replace directors on an ongoing basis
> * ultimately, how we can best develop a body that's accountable to an
> engaged community.
> As a regulated entity, we face some complexity with regard to how we
> conduct ourselves legally and financially, so running through this process
> will require updates to our constitution and entity registration. We also
> have a fairly complex tax situation, operating in multiple tax
> jurisdictions, so we need to do some groundwork to make sure we're doing
> this right.
> We see a clear benefit in engaging professional advice at this stage. Our
> experience has shown that while a DIY approach is possible, it requires a
> huge amount of volunteer energy and comes with increased risk of error and
> re-work. This is a situation with high risk of burnout, and we'd like to
> avoid it. We estimate in the range of AUD $5000-6000 on not-for-profit
> organisational and accounting advice, as a one-off expense over the next
> few months.
> *We're requesting funding from OSGeo to cover 50% of the cost of this
> project, ie. USD $2000, and we will cover the rest from other sources.*
> Thanks!
> John Bryant
> on behalf of OSGeo Oceania
> [1] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2019-July/012228.html
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