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

Robyn Willison robyn at robynspcs.com
Sat Mar 21 14:38:57 AEDT 2015

Thanks Kathy and James for you comments. I agree also that LA should 
support this request.


On 21/03/2015 10:03 AM, James Polley wrote:
> 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
> <mailto: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
>     <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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