[Osmf-talk] Budget for 2016

Michael Larkin larkinml at gmail.com
Mon May 2 13:55:52 UTC 2016


referring to the comment about Pay Pal charges in the budget report,  would
it not be possible to arrange a OSMF Euro bank account where those of us in
the Euro zone could set up a direct debit using the IBAN system  as this
limits bank charges
Michael Larkin

On 1 May 2016 at 21:25, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> John,
>
> On 05/01/2016 09:59 PM, john whelan wrote:
> > Could OSM be formed into a charity, that might stretch the donations a
> > little further.
>
> It is something we've been looking at but it would also increase
> administration overhead on a few fronts (governance, accounting). It
> certainly is an option for the future.
>
> > I'd be inclined to suggest a membership drive for OSMF, we could do with
> > more cash to whatever we do with it.
>
> I really, really hope that in the future we will come to a point where
> "being a corporate OSMF member" is the natural thing to do (and the
> expected thing) for businesses who either make or save money through
> OSM. There's no legal responsibility but I'd like it to become so common
> that someone publicly using OSM but not participating becomes the "odd
> one out". This will only be possible if the community helps, by pointing
> out to businesses that an OSMF membership is a good idea.
>
> If we manage to do that, then I'm convinced we'll have a solid financial
> basis to operate on, even without additional fund raisers.
>
> That's why I am really eager to finalize the corporate membership so
> that we have something we can work with, instead of something where
> everyone says "this is work in progress so let's hold back on actively
> signing up members until we've decided".
>
> I'd like to see individual membership increase too, but not for
> financial reasons - the amount of money we get from individuals is
> relatively small and their most valuable contribution is their knowledge
> anyway. But having more individual members makes it more likely that
> many different viewpoints are represented in OSMF.
>
> Bye
> Frederik
>
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