[Dev] SFC

Tiberiu C. Turbureanu tct at ceata.org
Thu Dec 18 20:36:25 GMT 2014


On 18.12.2014 08:17, Michał Masłowski wrote:
> On 18.12.2014 00:52, Nicolás Reynolds wrote:
>> so far it's been propposed that we'd need to be a non-profit or become
>> part of one (the ceata foundation, software freedom conservancy), is
>> everyone ok with that?

> Yes.

I don't assume that all members are ok with that, but I can provide some
information which might help.

The most simple and at all time cost-efficient method is for a trusted
member to act as proxy for donations and another trusted member to act
as supervisor for the proxy. Donations (through bank transfer, PayPal,
Bitcoin etc.) would go in that proxy member's accounts. Then, the proxy
would transfer money to people working on Parabola as decided by a
Parabola informal committee or general assembly of all members. This way
Parabola project only loses money on transfer fees, no formal contract
fees (state taxes etc.) will be spent. When the volume of donations
becomes to big for a single person to handle them or not raise
suspicions from the bank (I hope the project comes to this point), so
when it doesn't scale anymore, you can decide to become a non-profit or
join an existing non-profit.

I strongly encourage projects to organize themselves as formal
organizations, so that they remain completely independent as a project,
but only if the project has trusted members willing to do the
bureaucratic work, be transparent in their work and prepare other
members to take their place if they can't do that for some time or at
all. This also means that the members who do the bureaucratic work will
have less time for development (technical contributions). Ideally
professionals would take care of the bureaucratic work, but this might
involve more costs than the actual development is paid for.

Finally, if joining as an autonomous project in an organization is the
way the project decides to go for, Fundația Ceata is willing to help
Parabola. From my point of view as free software activist, founder and
president of Ceata, Parabola should join a free software oriented
organization like Ceata. Both SFC and SPI host nonfree distributions.
And for those, you need to go through a process of applying, while with
Ceata we are coming to you to discuss directly and particularly for
Parabola.

Please let me know what you think. I am the founder and president of
Fundația Ceata.

-- 
Tiberiu C. Turbureanu
Președinte, Fundația Ceata
http://turbureanu.ro/contact

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