[PSF-Volunteers] Better fund raising for the PSF
sdeibel at wingware.com
Wed Oct 5 23:27:35 CEST 2005
Well, it would be a range of tasks, but overall it's ill-defined
enough that initially it means joining the PSC, engaging in
discussion, and going from there.
But if you want specific tasks they would be things like:
* Writing up a newsletter monthly and distributing it
* Writing the code and setting up infrastructure needed
for billing recurring donors (they give credit card that
gets billed monthly; most of this is supported by the
credit card processor, but some work is needed as well)
* Identifying potential corporate donors and pursuing them
(probably after the PSF comes up with a better channel
for corporate donors that doesn't automatically make them
all into voting members; this is where I was talking about
recommending changes to the board)
Hope that helps... I recognize that we're a community that doesn't
really have much experience with these kinds of things (I certainly
don't) but hope there is interest in learning with the motivation that
a well-funded PSF could do quite a bit for the Python community.
On Wed, 5 Oct 2005, Carlos Eduardo Sotelo Pinto wrote:
> Hi Stephan
> I can undertand your proposal, but I don't understand what kinf of help are
> you writing. What must be do expecificly if some of us decided help you.
> Stephan Deibel wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I've received absolutely no response from the message below. If
> > there is interest, please let me know before I recommend disbanding the PSC
> > at the next board meeting.
> > Thanks,
> > - Stephan
> > On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, Stephan Deibel wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I would like to try to build a better fund raising capability for the PSF.
> > > While the PSF has done OK obtaining new sponsors by osmosis, and has done
> > > reasonably well through PyCon sponsorships, I think a manageable amount of
> > > additional effort could really increase our visibility as a worthy
> > > charitable organization.
> > >
> > > For example, we could send a semi-monthly news letter + appeal for
> > > donations to CLP, we could seek out potential corporate donors more
> > > agressively, we could make recommendations to the board on how to
> > > restructure available sponsor/donor opportunities to make those more
> > > attractive, we could start a recurring donor program and/or send
> > > solicitations to past donors say 2X/year, and so forth.
> > >
> > > In the past year, we've started our grants program (with some success, tho
> > > projects are still going on), we've funded a website redesign (which I
> > > hope will soon get over the deployment hump), and of course we continue to
> > > be the money bag behind PyCon which may in future years require
> > > increasingly larger $ commitments from the PSF. So there are certainly
> > > compelling reasons to donate to the PSF.
> > >
> > > Are there people on this list that are interested *and able* to help with
> > > any of this?
> > >
> > > I should note that the PSF has the Python Support Committee (PSC) that is
> > > chartered to work on this kind of thing, but it has done nothing recently
> > > and there appears to be no interest or time available among its current
> > > members to work on this. My intention as chairman of that committee is to
> > > reform it with a fresh pool of volunteers, if some can be found here.
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > Stephan Deibel
> > > Chairman of the Board
> > > Python Software Foundation
> > >
> > > http://python.org/psf
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