Sorry for bringing up https://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2015/03/msg00020.html earlier today without having seen this message last month. also sprach Lucas Nussbaum <email@example.com> [2015-02-17 14:02 +0100]: > I would like to build a small group of people in charge of this program. Count me in. > Ideally, this program would be merged with a Debian fundraising > team. Do we have a fundraising team? If not, then no need to merge, for then you are talking about the fundraising team, no? Anyway, details… > 1) improve the DebConf fundraising processes, and keep in mind > that it could be transferred from 'DebConf fundraising' to > 'Debian fundraising' We're (DebConf fundraising) already looking at ourselves as that, at least when we take a step back, so I'd say that you can check this off. This was obvious in the discussion around a CRM, which we'll need desperately… > 2) revitalize the partners team … and which I'd introduce as point 2.5). In fact… > 3) discuss merging both efforts when they are both in a sufficiently > good shape. … I wouldn't do it this way. Please let me propose an alternative idea that I think could get us further faster without disrupting DebConf fundraising until we're ready to. How about we revive the partners team and work e.g. on a brochure / marketing material (incl. all the benefits and stuff we "sell"), as well as a CRM (and cash collection automation).¹ Meanwhile, communications between this newly revived team and the DebConf team will be keep all on the same page and it might well make sense to prepare our DebConf sponsors e.g. during the DC16 cycle.² Once a CRM is in place and we have products identify that we can sell to our subscribers,³ then we can dive into the waters and merge in DebConf fundraising. Footnotes: ¹) DebConf fundraising uses a text-file and it's quite bad. A real CRM would really help the process and would be a great asset for Debian anyway. Allison Randall has taken a lot of time and scouted out some possibilities: https://titanpad.com/hHhmrGb7uY. So one contribution anyone who's less interested in sales and finances but still likes the ideas being discussed here would be to drive on this evaluation; then — in collaboration with DSA — identify a CRM we could use, and set it up. ²) We'll always also have DebConf fundraising: the small business close to Heidelberg giving us money to be able to be at the DC15 job fair, as well as the small startup in Cape Town going bronze this one time because it's in their home town even though they cannot really afford it, will not really be reachable by a global Debian partners/fundraising programme, at least not without support from the DCX team. ³) Reduced prices for DebConf sponsorship packages could be one such product… -- .''`. martin f. krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> @martinkrafft : :' : proud Debian developer `. `'` http://people.debian.org/~madduck `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing systems there's an old proverb that says just about whatever you want it to.
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