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From: Alec Warner <antarus@g.o>
To: gentoo-project <gentoo-project@l.g.o>
Cc: gentoo-nfp <gentoo-nfp@l.g.o>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2021-08-08
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:34:07
In Reply to: [gentoo-project] Call for agenda items - Council meeting 2021-08-08 by Ulrich Mueller
1 On Sun, Jul 25, 2021 at 8:25 AM Ulrich Mueller <ulm@g.o> wrote:
2 >
3 > In two weeks from now, the Council will meet again. This is the time
4 > to raise and prepare items that the Council should put on the agenda
5 > to discuss or vote on.
6 >
7 > Please respond to this message with agenda items. Do not hesitate to
8 > repeat your agenda item here with a pointer if you previously
9 > suggested one (since the last meeting).
10 >
11 > The agenda for the meeting will be sent out on Sunday 2021-08-01.
13 I will open discussion (as I also did on #gentoo-council) regarding
14 changing the operating model of the project and the Gentoo Foundation
15 Inc.
17 One of the avenues for the future of the Foundation is to donate all
18 of its assets to another 501c3 corporation and file for dissolution.
19 This would result in the Gentoo Project at large needing to interact
20 with a new corporation (this is the 'umbrella company' strategy of
21 asset management.) The basic way these umbrellas work is that the open
22 source project nominates a liason (either a person or a board) and the
23 liaison handles the work of interacting with the umbrella. To further
24 this sort of interaction I am suggesting that we treat Gentoo
25 Foundation Inc. similarly.
27 - Gentoo Foundation Inc is to be treated like an asset holding company.
28 - It will hold marks, cash, and other assets.
29 - It will file the proper paperwork for such things.
30 - It will pay its expenses (call them operating fees or transaction
31 fees; e.g. most umbrellas take 10%; the Gentoo Foundation currently
32 takes more than that because our operating expenses are high.)
34 So in this model; aside from spending money on our expenses, we will
35 not approve any other expenses without approval from the Gentoo
36 Project. So structurally, how should the Gentoo Project elect its
37 representation?
38 - Who approves expenses?
39 - How are decisions about expenses made?
40 - What are the goals of spending (do we have project goals,
41 transparency goals, reduction of conflict of interest goals?)
43 I don't expect to resolve this before the council meeting FWIW; but
44 it's a conversation I want to kick off.
46 -A
48 >
49 > Please reply to the gentoo-project list.
50 >
51 > Ulrich