SPI's wounded state of affairs

Branden Robinson / SPI Treasurer branden+spi-treasurer at deadbeast.net
Fri Jan 11 04:53:28 UTC 2002

On Fri, Jan 11, 2002 at 01:19:18PM +1100, Craig Small wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 08, 2002 at 09:20:43PM -0500, Branden Robinson / SPI Treasurer wrote:
> [lots of very sad story deleted]
> > I also wrote a mission statement for myself, and posted it to the SPI
> > board mailing list.  You folks should see it as well.
> Glad to see after far to long that someone has decided to take this
> position seriously, thanks Branden!

Thank you, and thanks for eliding most of that message to private forums
when quoting it in a public one. :)

> > Debian specifically will need to re-establish contact with businesses
> > that have, in the past, made cash donations to SPI on a regular basis.
> I have a database that holds all Debian CD vendors on our list.  There
> are 78 of them that have said they can contribute funds to Debian.  9 of
> those are hidden, which means they're probably not even selling Debian
> CDs anymore.
> I can give you or someone this list, or if you like I can email them.

Please send them along to me, or to board at spi-inc.org.

> What worries me is that we (Debian webmasters) often get emails from
> vendors saying how do we contribute and I point them to spi or tell
> them to email the treasurer :/  I wonder how many replies everyone got
> :(

Probably not many!  :(

> In you spare few seconds, you might like to think about wether or not
> you might take Euros.  Any other currency you probably wouldn't bother,
> but there wil be a fair few people with Euros.  Even if that means 
> keeping them in a box and converting them once a year or so.

Actually, Martin Schulze, SPI Vice-President, has an arrangement with a
German organization that handles SPI's European money.  This is
documented on the SPI Donations page.

> BTW, this is what a vendor gets if they ask about donations on the
> webmaster at debian.org alias:
> How do I contribute funds to Debian?
> ------------------------------------
> Software in the Public Interest (SPI) is our non-profit legal umbrella for
> the Debian Project.  You can find out information about donations at
> http://www.spi-inc.org/donations  Please make sure your mark your donations
> as for Debian (if that's where they're supposed to go) as SPI looks after
> more than just Debian.
> That looks ok to me, if you have suggestions for something different let 
> me know.

Looks fine.  Since last month that information has been completely
accurate to the best of my knowledge.

G. Branden Robinson                |     Software engineering: that part of
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     computer science which is too
branden at deadbeast.net              |     difficult for the computer
http://www.deadbeast.net/~branden/ |     scientist.
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