I'm on the board of WiserEarth <http://www.wiserearth.org/>, which is
a 501(c)3 that is well-aligned with Wikimedia's mission. I talked to
the ED, and she very graciously agreed to act as a fiscal sponsor for
our upcoming conference! We still need to work out the paperwork and
get official board approval, but what it basically means is that
WiserEarth will process payments and disburse checks. It will also
take a 3% overhead on sponsorships, which is very small.
This also means we'll be able to accept sponsors soon. Which means we
should start looking for some. :-)
Unfortunately, I won't be able to do the leg work on this. I'm
literally leaving town next week and will be off-grid for the better
part of October. Before I go, I'd love to work with some volunteers
interested in going out and getting sponsorships, and I'm happy to
make introductions where I can. At minimum, we should apply for a
Wikimedia Foundation grant soon.
Who's in? :-)
Eugene Eric Kim ................................ http://xri.net/=eekim
Blue Oxen Associates ........................ http://www.blueoxen.com/
I'll be brief. Roughly a year ago the Foundation moved to a new office in
San Francisco and inherited a "server room" full of equipment. Some of it
has been put to use over the last year, some of it hasn't. I do contract
work for the Foundation and one of my side projects is cleaning up the
space. We'd love to make it more useful, and we can't do that with a bunch
of gear sitting about. As such, I've made a sizeable list of gear that the
Foundation would love to donate to a good home. Right now the list contains
an assortment server related goodies, including 2 post rack shelves (count
60+), CAT5 patch panels, wire dividers, 42U Racks and some other goodies.
You can find the entire list on Meta  (which I hope is an acceptable
place to keep it).
As noted, all the equipment is located here in San Francisco, and
unfortunately there isn't time (or space) to pack it up for shipping - so it
is available by pickup only (hence why I'm only mailing sf & ca lists). I'm
happy as long as the equipment finds a home, but If you happen to know a
non-profit that might be interested (even better!), please forward this
message along to them - or let me know. I'll be happy to try and work it
out with them.
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We need to schedule a meeting.
We have some stuff to discuss with the WikiConference West Coast. It's
now late August, and January is just around the corner.
I'm sure there are some other things we can talk about too, perhaps
discuss the WikiConference NYC, and how it wen this time? :)
Maybe we should meet up in the East Bay. How does Berkeley sound?
As for fiscal sponsors, someone official should put out a request for
quotation to wepay.com, paypal, and moneybookers, in a way in which all
three understand that they are getting the same RFQ (e.g., by a simultanious
email to the official address of all of them.) You should put an request
for sponsorship in the RFQ.
There are some ideas about a raising sponsorships with various forms of
recognition and perks locally at
On Sep 6, 2010 4:42 PM, "William Pietri" <william(a)scissor.com> wrote:
> Venture capitalists sponsor public events just like any other
> organizations which want ...
Absolutely. In particular, they like to get their name in front of
promising entrepreneurs, as finding interesting companies is essential for
their business. So if you pitch them, I'd try to find some reason they can
see it as a useful marketing expense.
Alternatively, rather than pitching venture capital funds, it might be
worth talking to individual venture capitalists, who are just the sort of
person to be fascinated by Wikis. For example, Mitch Kapor and Vinod
Khosla are both tech investors and major Wikipedia donors.
Wikimedia-SF mailing list
Based on our discussions at the last meeting, and my back-of-the-envelope
calculations from organizing similar events, I posted our notes on a draft
We have multiple steps to do, including:
* refining the budget -- for instance, we may decide we can't raise so much,
or that we want a sliding registration fee
* determining sponsorship levels and potential sponsors
* asking sponsors for money
* finding a fiscal sponsor who can host our bank account and any monies
received from sponsors
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
We need 2-3 (or more) dedicated volunteers to work on the above tasks!
Please post on the wiki if you are interested in working on this aspect of
You won't be alone: Eugene Kim and I have both volunteered to work on this,
and we both have conference financial planning experience. But we don't want
to do it by ourselves! So if you want to take it on, great, and you're
interested but unsure what to do we will help you out. It's not as scary as
Let me know/post on the wiki if you're interested.
Here's an update on the status of West Coast WikiConference planning! This
is part 1: about the venue. I'll be sending Part 2: about the budget soon.
After doing a fair amount of online research into various venues, last month
during our meeting a small group of us went to tour the Women's Building in
the Mission District of SF. It seems like an appropriately sized, affordable
and fun space that could work well for us. Eugene called them and put a hold
in for the days of Jan 15 & 16, but haven't put a deposit down.
Since we don't have a "planning committee" per se can everyone interested in
WikiConf planning check out the details on the venue page:
And indicate if you are ok with using the Women's Building, or if you have
objections? If there seems to be consensus I think we should go ahead with
declaring this our venue so we can start making other plans.
On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM, Eugene Eric Kim <eekim(a)blueoxen.com> wrote:
> A good reminder: I followed up with both The Women's Building and The
> California Endowment, and updated the wiki accordingly:
> The short summary: TCE is out, but The Women's Building is still in,
> and they have us tentatively down for January 15 and 16 (although we
> have to put down a $700 deposit to make it official).
> Steven, any updates on the East Bay Community Foundation building?
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM, Cary Bass <cary(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > We need to schedule a meeting.
> > We have some stuff to discuss with the WikiConference West Coast. It's
> > now late August, and January is just around the corner.
> > I'm sure there are some other things we can talk about too, perhaps
> > discuss the WikiConference NYC, and how it wen this time? :)
> > Maybe we should meet up in the East Bay. How does Berkeley sound?
> > Cary
> Eugene Eric Kim ................................ http://xri.net/=eekim
> Blue Oxen Associates ........................ http://www.blueoxen.com/
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