[Foundation] Jabber Software Foundation Sponsorship

Andre Durand (durand.com) andre at durand.com
Tue Apr 2 16:43:26 CST 2002


The existing sponsors (IBM and Hitachi) each granted the Foundation
$10,000. Over the course of the past two years, Jabber, Inc. has likely
sponsored hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Foundation and the
open source project. I don't know that an exact accounting has been
done, but having been responsible for much of this early sponsorship, I
can tell you that it is a very significant number.  

The existing corporate sponsorships were not tied to any particular use,
but were granted to the Foundation without strings. Each company
deserves a BIG thank you from all of us within the Foundation. 

The money that has been spent has gone towards two things, legal
(setting up the Foundation) and computer equipment for the .Org project.
There is still money in the bank account. 

Andre Durand

-----Original Message-----
From: Barry G. Lee [mailto:bglee at sltscommunications.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 3:14 PM
To: members at jabber.org
Subject: RE: [Foundation] Jabber Software Foundation Sponsorship


Andre

Good proposal although for us non $US types it is a little rich. I see
on the Foundation web site that there are three sponsors listed and
would ask on what basis they became sponsors? I am not complaining but
would also like to know how the funds were used or accounted for?

If the JSF is to grow and be our support it can not be done without
funding and would ask that you consider smaller sponsorships as well or
even annual fees that would be ongoing.

Regards

Barry

-----Original Message-----
From: members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org] On
Behalf Of Andre Durand (durand.com)
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 2:16 PM
To: members at jabber.org
Subject: [Foundation] Jabber Software Foundation Sponsorship



All,

I've been working with Peter Saint-Andre on a new page which we propose
to add to the jabber.org site which speaks specifically to corporate
sponsorship. 

With the economy as tight as it has been in the past several months,
asking corporations for sponsorships has been challenging task, and not
particularly fruitful. 

As such, and being that most of the voting benefits are accrued to the
membership, I propose we consider the concept that corporate sponsors
can 'direct' funds to particular projects or Foundation efforts of their
choosing. 

While there are issues surrounding this concept which need to be
reviewed by legal, and there remains the possibility that actually
administering such a plan would be more overhead (or liability) than the
Foundation can or should absorb, I like the concept and believe that it
might provide the 'value proposition' required. 

The page is located at: 
http://www.jabber.org/sponsorship.html 

I'd be interested in hearing your feedback on the specific percentages
or even the overall concept (or alternative concepts which answer the
'what do I get for my money')

Andre Durand

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