[OSGeo-Conf] About funding of FOSS4G
warmerdam at pobox.com
Tue Mar 27 02:02:33 EDT 2012
On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 5:45 AM, Pekka Sarkola <pekka at gispo.fi> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have studied carefully FOSS4G conference RFP documentation, but I just
> need some clarifications:
I'll add my unofficial answers - hopefully helpful.
> · In page 6: OSGeo will take on financial responsibility. This very
> good deal. However, this “bridge funding” needs some clarification. I
> understand that this means that OSGeo will fund local organization committee
> expenses from September 2012 until LOC will get some money from participants
> / sponsors etc. Right?
Once the location is selected, the LOC is expected to prepare a budget.
Once *that* has been approved by the OSGeo board it becomes possible
for OSGeo to advance seed funding to the LOC to cover deposits and early
expenses (within some constraints).
> · Will OSGeo took all revenue or could it be that some part of
> “possible” revenue will stay in the country? Like to establish Local
By default all profits would revert to OSGeo. There is room to consider
other arrangements, and it would be best to note this in the proposal in
at least general terms.
> · Will OSGeo and LOC make legal agreement about conference?
In some cases the LOC has no official existance (ie. as a corporation)
in which case an OSGeo officer signs legal agreements with the
company assisting in operating the conference, and possible with the
venue. In other cases there is a local organization that takes care
of this, and OSGeo either signs a legal agreement with them or at
least establishes a written understanding.
The goal of the advance funding, and OSGeo being willing to sign
legal agreements with the conference organizer and/or venue is to
avoid the situation where a local individual or friendly company ends
up having to take on substantial financial risk to host the conference.
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