FSFE financial transparency

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Mon Aug 14 12:21:49 UTC 2017

On 14/08/17 12:00, Jonas Oberg wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
>> Is there a strong reason not to publish that?
> When we started reporting the number internally, the question was about
> the benefit of reporting this with some feeling that publishing the (then
> low) number of fellows would deter people from joining. That was in 2005
> though, and we have a few more supporters today. :-)
> Still though, since this was discuss in the European Core Team, I believe
> you can also raise this issue in the core team.

It is already public in the report[1] on the fellowship elections.

>> As fellowship representative, I'm keen to see how the top donors relate
>> to the fellowship contributions: which group is donating more, or is it
>> equal for example?
> That's information I don't have easily, but you can ask Reinhard or Ulrike
> about this once they're back from vacation.
>> Could you provide a better breakdown of "Paid services"?
> Again, I would need to defer to Reinhard and Ulrike. I could probably find
> some information by digging into the actual accounting files, but it would
> be much easier for Reinhard to provide an indication of this when he's back.
>> However, if somebody makes a payment that is directly connected with
>> participation in the summit, the legal network or the Legal & Licensing
>> Workshop, is that money counted as part of the regular donations too?
> That's counted as a regular donation, yes.

It would be very useful to start counting that separately and also
report separately on the costs of each of those activities.

Then it will be much easier for fellows to understand if those are
subsidised by the fellowship donations or if those things are self



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