[Bf-committers] Donation Drive for Blender Foundation

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Thu May 15 11:33:55 CEST 2008


I'm not sure if this is wise. Especially spending "official" (Blender  
Foundation) money on MSVC licenses is an inappropriate way to spend  
sponsoring and donations on.

These kind of licenses really should be donated by Microsoft to the  
individual developers. Or, we decide to support individual developers  
(similar to a Google summer program), and let the devs decide what  
tools to purchase or use.
The need for MSVC licenses is also not that urgent to organize  
campaigns for... and even better, it's a good test case to see how  
serious MS is about support. It costs them nothing to give out 5  
license keys.

Lastly; don't forget that all of the blender e-shop sales benefit  
Blender Foundation projects too. Peach/Apricot are two clear examples  
of how you can 'vote with your wallet'. We also get regularly donations  
in via our website.

The 2nd half of 2008 there's no movie/game project here, I want to keep  
the agenda free for 2.5 development work. There's ideas being evaluated  
to organize for that period a fundraiser to support a developer to work  
on architecture related issues (incl finish render api project). I'm  
not sure yet how to do this... needs a month to mature.


On 14 May, 2008, at 22:53, Chris Cherrett wrote:

> Ton,
> With the recent MS mud in the air, I got thinking that it would be nice
> to see if the community would be interested in fund raising  
> periodically
> for The Blender Foundation to purchase such things as Visual Studio
> Licenses.
> I have talked to Bart at Blender Nation and he has agreed to support  
> the
> advertising of a fund raiser with the links needed. Bart said the last
> fund raiser was a big tax on him so I proposed that the money be
> directly gathered into a paypal account like system to The Blender
> Foundation. That way there is no middle man.
> If this would be acceptable to you and you have an account setup I  
> could
> deal with the proposal and images needed for the page. It would be nice
> for me to be able to help in this way.
> Do I have your approval to do such a thing? I will stay 100% anonymous.
> Please let me know.
> Thanks!
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