[OpenAFS] Funding the formation of an OpenAFS Foundation

Troy Benjegerdes hozer@hozed.org
Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:12:35 -0500

I've seen the phrase "XYZ is 'committed' to ABC" several times on this
mail list. It's a very political flowery phrase, and makes everyone 
feel good..... Until 2 years elapse and there is no real result from
the 'committment'.

Has someone formed a legal organization, and filed 501.c3 paperwork,
or not? What are the charitable goals? If they have, where do I send 
a check for my $50 tax-deductible charitable contribution.

On Tue, Sep 04, 2012 at 01:22:21PM -0400, Dave Botsch wrote:
> In part, depends on what you mean by "multi-year commitment".
> And as you mentioned, there is no Foundation to commit anything to.
> To justify any type of commitment to management, there has to be a clear
> concrete something, be it the Foundation or YFS to commit to with some
> sort of clear return (support, code improvements, now "buying"
> "commercial" OpenAFS, whatever)...  government funding agency auditors
> don't like "donations" or "donations in disguise".
> The commitment, whatever that is, has to be presented as furthering the
> mission of the entity making that commitment. And OpenAFS, as a
> filesystem, certainly fits that bill, but again, see the above
> paragraph.
> On Sat, Sep 01, 2012 at 12:17:40PM -0400, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> > The concept of a Foundation was pursued for years and just before the
> > economic collapse the Elders were committed to forming it.  Your File
> > System Inc. was committed at that time to putting up a pool for use in
> > matching contributions from end user organizations.  After the economic
> > collapse it was deemed to risky to attempt to start a Foundation.  All
> > of the organizations that had privately committed to put funds into the
> > pot backed out when large holes appeared in their budgets.
> > 
> > If you believe that your organization is now capable of making a
> > multi-year commitment to OpenAFS, please contact openafs-elders@openafs.org.
> > 
> > Jeffrey Altman
> > 
> > 
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