[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Annual General Meeting

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 14:32:45 PDT 2007

Attracting Medium contributions could be linked to use of the OSGeo logo 
on websites/business cards.

Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
>> - Funding-- I have learned a lot and now a very different mental model
>> of OSGeo today than I had 12-18 months ago.  Nonetheless, some funding
>> is required to better support our activities.  How can we best do this?
>> Possibilities include: small number of big corporate donations, large
>> number of small member donations, non-profit style grant monies, ...
> Michael,
> I'd like to insert "a medium number of medium sized sponsorships from
> a broad assortment of organizations" as an option!  In particular, I'd
> love to see many consulting/integrator/solutions companies, and end
> user organizations (government, etc) sponsoring osgeo in the 5-10K
> range.
> I think this is more practical than expecting individuals to support
> the organization financially, when we are already asking them to do a
> variety of voluntary work.  And by soliciting many more modest sized
> sponsorships, I think we defuse concerns about us being beholden to a
> big corporate interests.
> I also think there are a lot of companies and end user organizations
> who are benefiting from the software and who can benefit from it being
> well supported.
> This is, generally, the approach I've been taking with GDAL sponsorships
> (through OSGeo).  That is going for a number of medium sized ones rather
> than a few whoppers.
> I will admit I've had better luck interesting organizations in project
> sponsorships where they easily connect the dots from their money going
> in, to useful features/stability returning to them.
> Best regards,

Cameron Shorter
Systems Architect, http://lisasoft.com.au
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
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