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Bradley Kuhn (bkuhn) - 10 years ago 2012-09-03 20:41:20
bkuhn@ebb.org
Update on 10% donation requirement for Conservancy membership.
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@@ -203,24 +203,33 @@ form their own independent tax-exempt non-profit.</p>
 
  leadership structure that evolved in your project into the formal
 
  agreement with Conservancy.  As part of the agreement drafting, we work
 
  carefully with you to understand your project's governance and write up
 
  formally with you the decision-making process you use. Most project
 
  contributors find this process of formalizing the leadership structure
 
  helps them clarify in their own minds the governance of their project,
 
  even though the process can be difficult.  Since it can be a complicated
 
  process, we suggest that you prepare your project community for this
 
  discussion once your project is accepted.</p>
 

	
 
<h2>How much does it cost us financially to join Conservancy?</h2>
 

	
 
<p>After your application is approved, as part of the negotiation of the
 
  formal agreement, we'll discuss this issue.  Typically, we ask that
 
  member projects voluntarily choose to donate some percentage of their
 
  donations received to support Conservancy's general operations servicing
 
  all its member projects (including yours).  We do understand that,
 
  particularly for small projects that only receive a few small donations,
 
  that donating a percentage of your income back to Conservancy can be a
 
  high burden.  Therefore, this is not a mandatory requirement.  We thus
 
  suggest that you be prepared to discuss this issue with us in detail
 
  after your application is approved.</p>
 
<p>New Conservancy members are required to pay 10% of their revenue that
 
  Conservancy processes to Conservancy's general fund, which primarily is
 
  used to pay staff.  (Details on how Conservancy spends its funds,
 
  including salaries of key employees, can be found
 
  in <a href="http://sfconservancy.org/about/filings/">Conservancy's
 
  annual filings</a>.)</p>
 

	
 
<p>Historically, Conservancy allowed projects to give less or nothing at
 
  all to the general fund, but we unfortunately discovered that without
 
  this requirement, Conservancy was not able to offer the myriad of
 
  services to all its projects, particularly to larger projects that
 
  have more income and therefore need more attention from staff.</p>
 

	
 
<p>We do understand that, particularly for small projects that only
 
  receive a few small donations, that donating a percentage of your income
 
  back to Conservancy can be a high burden.  Therefore, Conservancy
 
  remains open to discussion on a case-by-case basis for smaller projects
 
  about how to handle this requirement, and applicants should feel free to
 
  raise any concerns about this issue during the application process.</p>
 

	
 
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