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Re: DPN: Auditors, What do you do?

I am just going to give some brain dumps, please let me know if any is of use.

>From wiki [1]:

- keep track of Debian project financial assets, income, expenditures
and any other financial information
- keep track of hardware resources and any other physical assets of
the Debian project
- keep track of domain names, trademarks, and any other intangible
assets of the Debian project
- periodically publish public reports about changes in assets and
resources including (but not limited to): money coming in via
donations, money being spent with DPL approval, new hardware bought,
- keep track of organizations holding assets in trust for Debian and
propose to the DPL changes in the list of trusted organization (as per
constitution §5.1.11 and §9.3)

Going beyond what's in the wiki, we've worked on other things.

Recently, since Debian doesn't have a dedicated general fundraising
team, we've also helped coordinate fundraising (in this case to help
fund Debian's participation in the Outreach Program for Women).

We've also helped to facilitate reimbursements for various expenses
that the DPL approves. e.g. - Events (sprints, BSPs, miniconfs), DSA
HW expenses. (We can do this because one of the audit team members
handles the finances for one of the Trusted Organizations, Debian.ch.)

I personally have been working with Paul Wise (pabs) to streamline the
donations page. (pabs did all the technical work.)

I consider the fundraising and donations stuff within the umbrella of
the auditor-team.

That said, I think that the name "auditor" team may be a misnomer, and
perhaps "finance" team would be better, with the understanding that
all of Debian's assets aren't financial.

Another task that I've been working on, is working with SPI to enable
them to accept Paypal donations. (It's approved by SPI board, they
just needed volunteers to help.)

I suspect over time, that the auditor/finance team will work more and
more closely with our Trusted Organizations. We already have two
auditor team members that are also Trusted Organization board members.
(Philip Hug is on Debian.ch board, and Martin Michlmayr is now on the
SPI board.)


[1] - https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Auditor

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 11:51 PM, Donald Norwood <dnorwood@portalus.com> wrote:
> Hello Debian Auditors,
> For the next Debian Project News[1] issue[2] we would like to highlight
> a project or a group inside the Debian project.
> We plan to share what you do in the project with the rest of the
> community and the world, perhaps raising consciousness of your efforts
> and to possibly attract new parties who may be interested in it and, of
> course, the overall Debian project.
> Towards that end, would you please respond or copy us within your
> discussions with a small blurb about your group, and/or
> something of interest within your group and its activities.
> Best regards from the Publicity Team,
> Donald Norwood
> [1]https://wiki.debian.org/ProjectNews
> [2]https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/

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