Make SPI book keeping more transparent?

Martin Zobel-Helas zobel at
Thu Jun 11 19:51:44 UTC 2015


On Thu May 14, 2015 at 22:02:18 +0000, Martin Zobel-Helas wrote:
> Hi,
> during todays monthly board meeting, we were talking about book keeping.
> One of the topics that i came up with (after the meeting), is to make
> the book keeping more 'transparent' and to show to associated projects
> that we are processing their financial requests in a correct way. 
> One way to do that could be to do an anual audit of SPI's financial
> records by someone who is not involved in SPI's financial process. My
> idea of that process is as follows, but i think we should discuss that:
> During the AGM a contributing member not being part of board is assigned
> to do the audit. During the now following year she/he will be able to
> request copies of the book records, which the treasurer will provide in
> a timely manner. During the now following AGM this contributing member
> reports back that she/he thinks that the books are okay (or not).
> What i describe here is a usual process for nonprofit association in
> Germany. The audit report is a basis for decisions the General Assembly.
> The treasurer and the entire board of the association are to be
> relieved. This report protects the treasurer (and the board) against
> claims for compensation (unless the treasurer fooled the auditor).

Is this really a non-issue, or why did i not received any feedback on
the general mailing list?

 Martin Zobel-Helas <zobel at>
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