[openbeos] Re: Joining the admin team?

  • From: "Simon Porter" <hailstorm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 15:47:01 -0700

Hi Waldemar,

I see that the donations page has been updated. Pleased to see that.

I have had a look at having a thank you email for donations. This should be 
possible with Paypal using IPN. It would require some time to set up.

As for Network for Good they don't seem to offer the option unless you pay them 
$30 a month. Their website doesn't make clear if they are referring to a HTML 
thank you page or a customised email. Seems a bit expensive just to be able to 
send a thank you email.

I can just concentrate on paypal integration for now.

As for capturing financial information  it might be simpler to parse downloaded 
csv files from Paypal and Network for Good, and then store it in a SQL 
database. Any reports could then be generated quickly from that information.

I agree with what has talked about with regards to the cafepress store. I think 
it would be going down a bad route having to handle stocking merch and handling 
shipping by just one person. Even if it is at the expense of more donations I 
would of thought Michael's time be better spent on other aspects of the project.



-----Original Message-----
From: Waldemar Kornewald <wkornewald@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 5:53 PM
To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [openbeos] Re: Joining the admin team?


On 5/11/07, Simon Porter <hailstorm@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  My experience with finance etc doesn't go any further than looking after my
> own finances. I am an IT Engineer by profession, which in other words means
> desktop support, systems admin, that kind of thing. One thing I do have
> plenty of is time. I can easily spare a couple of evenings a week of my
> time.

I guess that currently the work doesn't require a finance expert, so
I'd appreciate your help. First of all, we should probably get the
email notifications for donors setup. After that, I'd love to see a
way to setup a PayPal subscription where you can send a
monthly/quarterly donation (pre-defined or user-chosen amount). I can
give you access to our website, so you can extend the donations page.

>  I have already mentioned a few suggestions on the mailing list but
> basically what I would like to work towards is greater transparency with
> finances of Haiku Inc and encourage donations. It would also be nice to
> offload some of the workload from Michael.

One thing you could help Michael with is setting up a simple system
which allows for selling our t-shirts. PayPal allows for handling such
payments very easily. One requirement is that the user should be able
to select the shirt size and, if possible, PayPal should keep track of
the remaining number of shirts, so nobody can buy something that isn't
available, anymore.

It would also be nice to have a web shop (as has been discussed on
this list) via Cafepress/SpreadShirt/... and sell all kinds of
merchandising like shirts, bags, mugs, mouse pads, etc.. We need
people who lead that effort and design the shirts, etc. (hopefully
ones that don't make you look too geeky).

If anyone has more suggestions please join our efforts!

And now that we're at it: We need marketing and finance experts. Also,
sometimes we need legal advice, so a lawyer would be very helpful
(this is not a time-consuming task, just a few questions from time to
time). Anyone who is an expert in one of those areas and wants to help
us, please shout!

Waldemar Kornewald

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