[Linux-aus] Grant Request: Contribute to the Drupal 8 Accelerate fund

James Polley jamezpolley at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 10:33:37 AEDT 2015

Hi Donna!

When I first read this I was initially put off by the "consider making a
contribution ... in my name" section - I thought that surely this should be
done in the name of LA rather than an individual.

But reading the excellent summary of the background prepared by Kathy, I
now understand that each of the board members has been asked to personally
oversee the collection of an amount of funding, and you're asking that LA
donates this money in such a way that it counts as part of the funding you
oversaw rather than going into the general "Broader community" funding pool.

As you point out, many of your colleagues run large Drupal companies, which
makes (or should, at least) collecting funding in their name much easier.
You have chosen not to do this; instead, my understanding is that you've
put lots of effort into growing the broader Drupal community in Australia.
My understanding is that a large part of the reason that the Drupal events
in Australia are run by, and return funding to, LA rather than the Drupal
foundation is largely due to your work.

On this basis, it seems perfectly reasonable to me that (A) LA supports the
Drupal foundation with this funding request, and (B) that LA does so in a
way that makes it clear that LA is able to do this because of your efforts.

So in short, I wholeheartedly support this request. It seems to be in
keeping with LA's goals, and it seems an excellent way to return funding
raised from the Drupal community back to the Drupal community.

On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 4:58 PM Donna Benjamin <donna at kattekrab.net> wrote:

> Date: 16 March 2015
> Project Name: Drupal8 Accelerate initiative
> Aim of Project: To unblock the issues holding up the release of Drupal8,
> from beta, through release candidate to 8.0.
> Person Responsible for Request: Donna Benjamin
> Request: That Linux Australia, as fiscal sponsor of the Australian Drupal
> Community, make a contribution to the Drupal 8 Accelerate fund.
> Hi Everyone!
> The Drupal Association will shortly be launching a crowdfunding campaign
> to raise US$250,000 for the Drupal 8 Accelerate program.
> This is a grants program created to support the community to get Drupal8
> done. We are in beta now with about 50 critical issues blocking a release
> candidate.  The remaining issues are difficult ones with many moving parts,
> and deep knowledge from a small number of people is needed to nail them.
> The funding program will support developers to come together in person for
> dedicated sprints, or free them to commit time they'd otherwise need to
> spend working to pay the rent.
> Way more information on the program is available at
> https://assoc.drupal.org/d8accelerate for those interested.
> As a board member of the Drupal Association, I have pledged to personally
> raise money for the fund.
> The Drupal Association itself is matching donations of up to US$62,500 and
> members of the board need to secure another US$62,500. Plus, we're hoping
> to raise another US$125,000 from the broader community.
> Many of my colleagues on the board run large Drupal companies.  Those
> companies have all pledged anchor funding for the matching amount. I'm not
> in a position to do that, so I had initially planned to run a chookraffle
> to raise my share of it (around AUS$7,500) - but then the board decided to
> run it's own crowdfunding effort, so I shut down my chookraffle on pozible
> to wait for our crowdraise platform to be set up.
> I would like to ask the community, and council to consider making a
> contribution to the Drupal 8 Accelerate program in my name, on behalf of
> the Australian open source community.
> If you've got any questions, concerns, suggestions etc - please don't
> hesitate to ask.
> cheers
> Donna
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