Software Freedom Conservancy

Jeremy White jwhite at
Fri Mar 31 21:48:31 CST 2006

I'd like to start a separate thread on this subject, so
we don't lose the chance to discuss this.

I think it's a really good idea for us to join.

Right now, I manage the finances for 'The Wine Project'.
The money literally flows into my personal bank account;
I registered a 'Doing Business As' (DBA) in Minnesota
so I could take checks and stuff as 'The Wine Project'.

It's not tons of money, but the account is now up
to about $2400 (which is nice, as our Wineconf fees
will be about that much).  (Of course, without the
embezzling, it'd be much more, but that's the way
it goes <grin>).

Further, we had a challenge when we needed to
manage the money from Google for the Summer of Code.
Again, I handled it via CodeWeavers, but it wasn't quite 'right'.

So I think it would be better for us to have a professional
organization to hold these funds, and to serve
as an umbrella organization for us.

Candidly, I'm not sure I see any down side.
They do all the nasty work, and we get someone to help
us out with annoying admin chores.  What's not to like?

I guess if they prove to be incompetent or unresponsive
it could be an issue (like if we send them the $2400
but can never get a check cut).  But right now I
don't see much risk of that; the SFLC at least has been
very responsive (which, considering what we're paying
them [$0] is nothing short of miraculous).

Anyone else have any objections or other thoughts on it?



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