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From: "William L. Thomson Jr." <wlt@...>
Subject: [Fwd: Re: SPI/SFC was -> What does the IRS Consider a Donation ?]
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:52:08 -0400
Below is the second email from internal communications amongst board
members back in 2008. This was a private internal email. But I do not
believe it contains any sensitive or private information. Since others
did not have access to the information, I feel its in alls best interest
for it to be known.

It contains information regarding the SFLC and SPI, for reference and
historic purposes only.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
> From: William L. Thomson Jr. <wltjr@g.o>
> To: trustees@g.o
> Subject: Re: SPI/SFC was -> What does the IRS Consider a Donation ?
> Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2008 20:27:55 -0400
> 
> On Sun, 2008-06-08 at 23:02 +0000, Ferris McCormick wrote:
> >
> > > But we are no where near ready for such things. If that's the direction
> > > we do want to go. Then we seriously need to look at and work toward SPI.
> > > 
> > I've always favored that.  I understood they could not take us at this
> > time and thus we went with what we had.
> 
> First off to be 100% clear
> 
> The SPI can take us when ever. They are self funding via collecting 5%
> of all donations.
> 
> The SFC is underfunded. They operate on grants, and projects must be
> invited to join. Once funding is available.
> 
> SPI is and always has been an option SFC is not. Most don't know about
> the SPI. Most prefer the newer SFC. For no good reason IMHO. SPI has a
> attorney on staff that works for the SFLC. Which the SFC is a offshoot
> of the SFC. Not related directly, but share same staff, etc.
> 
> Wrt to either. I see it more of a way to put the unwanted stuff off to
> another entity, and thus potentially limit the future of Gentoo. Maybe
> not. I am not sure of Debian started some of it's things pre SPI or not.
> Like DebConf etc. Plus there are trade offs.
> 
> With the SPI we have to appoint a single liaison for Gentoo to the SPI.
> I personally don't really like that. Also not sure about having to go
> through a third party to get at our donations. From time we put in a
> funding request to time it is honored.
> 
> There was a reason Gnome left the SPI and created their own foundation.
> Which I much prefer that approach. Like FreeBSD. But until the mission
> of the foundation grows. There is little reason not to hand it over.
> Other than sealing fate so to speak. Leaving it will not be easy.
> 
> That said while it's an open door to either SFC or SPI. I have a feeling
> we would need to be with them for 1-2 years. We can't flip flop, move to
> them, leave etc. So if we go that route. That's it IMHO. No more Gentoo
> Foundation.
> 
> -- 
> William L. Thomson Jr.
> amd64/Java/Trustees
> Gentoo Foundation
> 

-- 
William L. Thomson Jr.
Obsidian-Studios, Inc.
http://www.obsidian-studios.com

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