On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 8:43 AM Matti Picus <matti.picus@gmail.com> wrote:

On 12/29/20 1:27 PM, Ralf Gommers wrote:
> Entities who fall under "significant active supporter" we'll call Sponsor.
> The minimum level of support given to NumPy to be considered a Sponsor
> are:
> - $30,000/yr for unrestricted financial contributions
> - $60,000/yr for financial contributions for a particular purpose
> - $100,000/yr for in-kind contributions

How would this work for one-time contributions, or for sponsors that
stop contributing? For instance, if an entity gives a $60,000 one-time
unrestricted contribution (unlikely, but who knows?) would they be
listed as sponsors for 24 months after the contribution and then have
their name removed?

That could indeed be explained more clearly. What I intended with "active support" on a yearly basis is that >1 yr after the donation takes place, the acknowledgement can be moved from the Sponsor placements to the less prominent historical acknowledgements page. We should specify a time period for that, because sometimes renewals take time and there's no benefit to us being in a hurry with decreasing the visibility of acknowledgements.

So how about:
- one year after a one-off donation is received, or at the end of a grant period, we consider that support "inactive"
- we leave the acknowledgement in its place for at least another 6 months. If appropriate, the funding team can discuss opportunities for renewal with the sponsor
- after those 6 months, acknowledgement may be moved to the historical overview. with exact timing at the discretion of the funding team, because there may be reasons to keep it in the more prominent place for longer.

That way there's no fixed formula for amounts, but we can do things that make sense for the project given amounts received, relationship with sponsor, etc. I'm not a fan of $60k gives you 24 months, $90k 36 months - that would be similar to "tiered sponsorship levels" discussed in the Alternatives section.

Also, the implementation should explicitly mention a mechanism to keep
track of received contributions.

If we have a page on the website listing all support received since the start of the project, that's automatically a tracking mechanism.