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From Chuck Murcko <ch...@topsail.org>
Subject Re: sponsoring of asf: fud or truth?
Date Thu, 30 Jan 2003 09:47:41 GMT

On Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003, at 16:14 America/Phoenix, Roy T. Fielding 
wrote:

> On Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at 01:06  PM, Greg Stein wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 28, 2003 at 08:55:33AM -0500, Ben Hyde wrote:
>>> ...
>>>> are accounting records available?
>>>
>>> I thought there were, I know we discussed having them be public in 
>>> the
>>> first year.  It maybe that some reason arose to keep them underwraps.
>>> The short form though is they wouldn't help resolve this issue.  Most
>>> of our needs are met by donations in kind of resources - particularly
>>> the labor of the many kinds of community members.
>>
>> As a public charity, I believe they are required to be public. Roy 
>> would
>> know the definitive answer (CC'd on this email).
>
> Not exactly.  They are required to be available for IRS audit.  A 
> member
> of the public might be able to request a record, but that would be very
> strange.  We've made a practice of recording them in the board meetings
> unless the donor requests anonymity (nobody has so far).  The only
> significant financial donation has been from Siemens AG (Germany),
> with lesser amounts from ACM's software system award and Copyleft for
> t-shirts.  The bulk of our funding (something like 70%) has come from
> past ApacheCon conferences.
>

There are also considerations for contributor privacy involved here.

Chuck


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