[Osmf-talk] Financing the OSMF

Oleksiy Muzalyev oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Mon Aug 26 17:10:15 UTC 2013

There is a rule in the product photography: a photo-camera looks both
ways, forward and backward. It is not obvious, but it is indeed the
case. The camera does capture also what is behind it.

This rule applicable in any field. I guess a donation is important not
only for a receiving organization but for a donor too, probably even more.


On 26.08.2013 18:40, Gregory Marler wrote:
> I think the finances of the OSMF is very important at the moment.
> To-date I think it's been rather relaxed, money comes in when SotM has
> excess and the occasional donation drive or company offerings help us
> buy new servers. It's worked well like that, because there wasn't too
> much needed and management of too much money can cause a lot of work.
> However now the lack of strategy/vision for finances is starting to
> cause a problem. There was a class this year with SotM seeking sponsors
> at the same time a donation drive was announced. To me it also showed up
> a lack of continued relationships. If you're dealing with other
> organisations, especially asking for money, it's really helpful to get
> the same person to contact that organisations.
> My point is, it's key for OSMF to have some sort of
> CRM(customer-relations management) system, even if that's an
> online/shared spreadsheet. This will help get the foundation ordered
> with it's relationships and from there consider long-term possibilities
> of corporate support.
> This discussion is good to start, and good that we will have it in mind
> when some of us meet at SotM.
> But SotM means a lot of stuff is going on and minds will be busy. In
> particular, the OSMF board will change by 2-3 people in two weeks time.
> It might be best for discussions to continue, and go further, following
> SotM.
> Gregory Marler
> http://www.livingwithdragons.com

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