[openbeos] Re: [haiku-development] Re: Haiku Inc's purpose (was: Haiku Inc. and Haiku)

  • From: "David McPaul" <dlmcpaul@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 09:16:52 +1000

On 2008-09-04, scott mc <scottmc2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I think we need to start budgeting the donations, and publishing this
> > budget so that we can forecast our targets and let the community know
> > how much is needed, and where it's going. This is something that I
> > know several have wanted to do, but we need good ideas that actually
> > work - and planning for events, etc.
> Perhaps part of that budgeting should include pay to cover hiring pros
> for X number of hours, to do the stuff that we can't seem to find
> volunteers to do.  It doesn't sound like there's a whole lot of hours
> we'd need to cover to get things fixed up.

Yes!  Clearly there is a lack of time and specialist skills to setup
Haiku Inc.  Having someone who knows the process guide you or even do
the work could save a lot of grief in the long term.

> And yes, better show budgeting. I think we now have a better idea of
> what show costs are based on the number of days and booth space and
> such things.  I think if this were published we'd get the needed
> donations to cover them, since most people understand the benefits of
> such shows.

Where money is involved people like things to be upfront.  Even a
simple money in/money out report once a month would help.

Just to be clear.  I think setting up some sort of entity to look
after the funds being donated is absolutlely required.  When it is
just a bunch of people writing code then we don't need anything.  But
people want to donate money and despite what we might want there are
tax implications for the person recieving the money.  A non profit
organisation properly setup will shield everyone from these issues and
ensure that money donated can go where we want it to go and not go to
your local government.


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