[Cython] funding (Re: sage.math problems?)

Robert Bradshaw robertwb at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 20:54:56 CET 2012

On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM, Stefan Behnel <stefan_ml at behnel.de> wrote:
> John Hunter, 22.03.2012 20:39:
>> On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM, Stefan Behnel wrote:
>>>> Well, I seem to remember from a talk that NumFOCUS will have a full-time
>>>> (or part-time?) position to deal with such administration. And they'll be
>>>> set up as a non-profit (so tax-exempt for US-based donations). So I think
>>>> that's a better route than PayPal.
>>> Sounds like it. Is their tax-exempt status restricted to the US? That would
>>> be unfortunate for many donators.
>> NUMFOCUS is in the process of trying to get 501c status, but does not yet
>> have it.  This will take some time.  This means individual donations will
>> not be tax exempt in the US until we have that status.  If businesses are
>> donating, they can deduct it as a business expense, but individuals are out
>> of luck for now.
> Ok, just for clarification: the foundation is US based and not currently
> targeting any other countries, right?
> Personally, I think most serious donations would be from companies anyway,
> which would then not be restricted to the US. And for individuals, we could
> still put up a PayPal button (if we have anything to let them pay for).
>>>> Should we solicit donations on our webpage with a link to NumFOCUS? (I
>>>> can ask NumFOCUS whether they're cool with that.)
>>> Interesting. If they have the administration set up (BTW, is that paid or
>>> do they want something for that?), they should be able to handle project
>>> specific money as well.
>> NUMFOCUS does have a full time administrator, and will be happy to process
>> and distribute targeted donations for Cython.  This is at a "no cost to
>> you" basis, ie the foundation will not take overhead but will cover these
>> costs out of NUMFOCUS donations.  At least that is my understanding, but I
>> can confirm at the next director's meeting.
> Cool. Then I'm all for taking that route.

That would be great!

- Robert

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