[Osmf-talk] Budget for 2016

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Sun May 1 21:41:55 UTC 2016

Am 01.05.2016 um 23:29 schrieb Mark Obrembalski:
> Am 01.05.2016 um 16:21 schrieb Frederik Ramm:
>> Hi,
>>     I've uploaded the 2016 budget here:
>> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/w/images/c/cc/Budget_2016.pdf
>> In very simple words, according to this budget we will have about £43k
>> left in cash at the end of the year. That will be enough to survive in
>> 2017, but by the end of 2017 we *must* have found new funding sources or
>> else we go bust.
> There's another kind of reading it which I prefer: We can't buy
> hardware in 2017 unless we find new funding sources. We can't spend
> more money on trademark issues (what are the high expenses in 2016
> about, BTW) unless we find new funding sources. 

The trademark related costs are mainly additional
registrations/expansion of coverage. We are being fairly (some might say
very) frugal there, but they are simply an expensive proposition
(naturally -not- registering has the potential to be far more expensive).

> We can't have a face to face meeting of the board in 2017 unless we
> have new funding sources. Going bust isn't the only alternative to
> finding new funding sources. The other alternative is radically
> cutting expenses. And, as longas there are no new funding sources,
> this should start way before 2017. Some things might work not too well
> then, but this may be an incentive for some potential donators to
> actually donate.
The OSMF is not exactly throwing money out of the window, while there is
some room for cuts, it is unlikely that they are going to radically
alter the overall picture.


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