October 15, 2001

Friends of GNOME

Author: JT Smith

"Many museums and other non-profits have various categories of
members
and friends who support the activities of the organization by
paying an
annual membership fee. In return, they typically get one or more
gifts
and/or public acknowledgement of their gift.

The GNOME Foundation is considering the creation of a donor
program
which will be similar to those for other non-profit organizations.
This
will allow more individuals to contribute to the project by
creating a
way in which individuals could donate money and be acknowledged."

Subject:
"Friends of GNOME"
Date:
15 Oct 2001 10:27:24 -0400
From:
Tim Ney
To:
foundation-list@gnome.org

Many museums and other non-profits have various categories of
members
and friends who support the activities of the organization by
paying an
annual membership fee. In return, they typically get one or more
gifts
and/or public acknowledgement of their gift.

The GNOME Foundation is considering the creation of a donor
program
which will be similar to those for other non-profit organizations.
This
will allow more individuals to contribute to the project by
creating a
way in which individuals could donate money and be acknowledged.

This "Friends of GNOME" category would not impact the voting
rights of
the current membership, rather it would be an additional way for
individuals to show their support for GNOME. People could join by
filling out an envelope at shows and conferences or, printing and
returning a form from the website, or by signing up on-line.

We have put together some ideas for how we may structure this
"Friends
of GNOME" Program, but we are interested to hear feedback and
suggestions from the community. Here are our ideas so far:

1) We will call the program "Friends of GNOME" and
contributors will be called "Individual Donors".

2) We will include the existence of this program in the GNOME
Foundation's by-laws.

3) There will be six levels of contributors. Their titles and
associated donation levels are:
* Friend: up to $24.99
* Benefactor: $25.00 - $49.99
* Associate: $50.00 - $249.99
* Sponsor: $250.00 - $999.99
* Booster: $1000.00 -$4999.99
* Partner: $5000.00 or more

4) To recognize the generosity of the gift, contributors will
receive:

* Friend:
* Receive recognition of their contribution on the GNOME
Foundation web page, indicating their contribution
level.
* Benefactor:
* Benefits of "Friend"
* Receive a GNOME mouse pad
* Associate:
* Benefits of "Benefactor"
* Receive a GNOME coffee mug
* Sponsor:
* Benefits of "Associate"
* Receive a GNOME t-shirt
* Booster:
* Benefits of "Sponsor"
* Receive a GNOME polo shirt
* Partner:
* Benefits of "Booster"
* Receive framed print of GNOME foot

5) The donor status will be treated as a one-year subscription.
After
one year, donors will be asked to renew.

6) We will allow individuals to make donations at shows and
conferences,
and also provide either an electronic or paper form on the web.

All constructive feedback and suggestions are welcome.

GNOME Foundation Fundraising Committee
Tim Ney
Miguel de Icaza
Dan Mueth

--

_______________________________________________
foundation-list mailing list
foundation-list@gnome.org
http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-list

Category:

  • Open Source
Click Here!