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From Wolf Halton <wolf.hal...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Proposal for use of funds collected by SPI
Date Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:43:09 GMT
On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM, Gavin McDonald <gavin@16degrees.com.au> wrote:
> I'm happy to answer any Travel Assistance (TAC) related questions.
>
> At this stage, I don’t see any reason why as a one off funds cannot
> be added to the TAC budget and held in reserve for ASF sponsored
> OOo related events.
>
> HTH
>
> Gav...

Seems like a good start. Thanks, Gavin

  Does anybody think it makes more sense to divide the money into
equal chunks, or just drop it into Travel Assistance as Gavin
suggests?

Wolf
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Wolf Halton [mailto:wolf.halton@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Saturday, 11 February 2012 7:42 AM
>> To: ooo-dev@incubator.apache.org
>> Subject: Re: Proposal for use of funds collected by SPI
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
>> > On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 3:29 PM, Wolf Halton <wolf.halton@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >> Summary: SPI has been collecting moneys for the OpenOffice.org
>> >> project for quite a while.  They wanted to help the project and their
>> >> help is appreciated.  Now that we are part of the ASF family, we have
>> >> some important choices to make.
>> >>
>> >> First and foremost, we must request SPI to stop their collections
>> >> efforts.  AOO cannot receive the money directly as ASF does that.
>> >> Second, we need to find out how much they have collected so far.
>> >> Third, we need to decide how we would like to use the money they have
>> >> collected.
>> >>          In general, it would make sense to use the funds for holding
>> >> or supporting events, with guidance from the ASF Conference Committee
>> >>
>> >>              travel assistance with guidance from the aptly named
>> >> Travel Assistance Committee
>> >>
>> >>        and possibly marketing with help from the Trademarks Committee
>> >> and Marketing Committee
>> >>
>> >>        We absolutely cannot pay people to develop our software with
>> >> the money, per ASF rules.
>> >> I volunteered to move this forward and I would like your feedback,
>> >> maybe a general poll of what you, the community, would like to do
>> >> with the money.
>> >>
>>
>> Thanks for the link, Rob.  I must have been channeling the page with my list
>> above, as it is essentially the list on the original page.
>> :-)
>>
>> >
>> > When OpenOffice.org was collecting the funds, it told contributors
>> > that the funds would be used for certain purposes. You can see the
>> > language that was used here:
>> >
>> > http://web.archive.org/web/20100105132519/http://contributing.openoffi
>> > ce.org/donate.html
>> >
>> > I think we have latitude to use the funds for any purpose that is
>> > listed there, *and* which is also something Apache is able to spend
>> > money on, per charter and per policy.
>> >
>> > As you mentioned, we cannot use the funds to pay for developers.  But
>> > the other uses listed there, like travel assistance for conferences,
>> > etc., makes sense to me.
>> >
>> > Hopefully, if there is no objection to that general outline, we can go
>> > ahead and transfer the funds.  I think the goal should be to transfer
>> > the lump sum balance to Apache, and them disburse individual payments
>> > from that fund rather than to make individual requests to SPI.  We
>> > should look to get the lump sum, and them use ASF mechanisms for
>> > approving the detailed disbursement plan, and that might occur over a
>> > longer period of time.
>> >
>> > Also, when you contact SPI, be sure to thank them for their past
>> > efforts in helping OpenOffice.org collect donations in the US.  They
>> > did a fine job and we are grateful for that work.  But the reason for
>> > using SPI was to enable easier collection of donations from US
>> > residents.  Now that we're at Apache, a US-based non-profit
>> > corporation, this help is no longer needed.
>> >
>> > -Rob
>> >
>> >> Once I have some idea of your wishes, I will connect the dots to
>> >> close this issue.
>> >>
>> >> Cheers,
>> >>
>> >> Wolf Halton
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> This Apt Has Super Cow Powers - http://sourcefreedom.com Advancing
>> >> Libraries Together - http://LYRASIS.org
>>
>> SPI has been very helpful - working in the background, as have so many
>> other organizations and entities.
>> I am planning to thank them for all their efforts on our behalf.
>>
>> --
>> This Apt Has Super Cow Powers - http://sourcefreedom.com Advancing
>> Libraries Together - http://LYRASIS.org
>



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