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Raising Money for Open Source Projects: How Can We Improve?

Feb 05, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Learning from non-profits is a good idea, but even better would be to recruit some of the expertise from non-profits to help with FLOSS projects as contributors or perhaps even have umbrella organizations like the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) hire one or more experts to help organizations raise funds instead of doing the work themselves. The SFC doesn't do this (fundraising) today, but it does do a lot of the work that comes with non-profit organizations so that the projects themselves don't need to do it.

"Why? Because it's a waste of time for developers and other contributors who already have skills that a project needs to evolve to spend time doing things they're not so good at. I've seen too many contributors get sucked into things like managing finances or raising money and being miserable at it."

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