[PSF-Volunteers] Better fund raising for the PSF

Stephan Deibel sdeibel at wingware.com
Wed Sep 28 22:51:11 CEST 2005


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.


Stephan Deibel
Chairman of the Board
Python Software Foundation


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