[Numpy-discussion] NumFOCUS fiscal sponsorship agreement

Chris Barker - NOAA Federal chris.barker at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 8 20:44:48 EDT 2015

Looks good to me.

This pretty exciting, actually :-)


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 7, 2015, at 10:57 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Now that the governance document is in place, we need to get our legal
> ducks in a row by signing a fiscal sponsorship agreement with
> The basic idea here is that there are times when you really need some
> kind of corporation to represent the project -- the legal system for
> better or worse does not understand "a bunch of folks on a mailing
> list" as a legal entity capable of accepting donations, or holding
> funds or other assets like domain names. The obvious solution is to
> incorporate a company to represent the project -- but incorporating a
> company involves lots of super-annoying paperwork. (Like, *super*
> annoying.) So a standard trick is that a single non-profit corporation
> acts as an umbrella organization providing these services to multiple
> projects at once, and this is called "fiscal sponsorship". You can
> read more about it here:
>    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_sponsorship
> NumFOCUS's standard comprehensive FSA agreement can be seen here:
>    https://docs.google.com/document/d/11YqMX9UrgfCSgiQEUzmOFyg6Ku-vED6gMxhO6J9lCgg/edit?usp=sharing
> and we have the option of negotiating changes if there's anything we don't like.
> They also have a FAQ:
>    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zdXp07dLvkbqBrDsw96P6mkqxnWzKJuM-1f4408I6Qs/edit?usp=sharing
> I've read through the document and didn't see anything that bothered
> me, except that I'm not quite sure how to make the split between the
> steering council and numfocus subcommittee that we have in our
> governance model sync up with their language about the "leadership
> body", and in particular the language in section 10 about simple
> majority votes. So I've queried them about that already.
> In the mean time, I'd encourage anyone with an interest to look it
> over and speak up if you see anything that you think should be changed
> before we sign.
> Cheers,
> -n
> --
> Nathaniel J. Smith -- http://vorpus.org
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