9 May 2019
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of NumFOCUS.
All votes are reported in the form “(Y/N/A)” (in favor-Y‚ opposed-N‚ abstentions-A; e.g. “4-1-2” means “4 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstentions”).
May 9, 2019
Board Members: Jane Herriman, Lorena Barba, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay (late arrival), James Powell (late arrival)
ED: Leah Silen
Board Members not Attending: Andy Terrel, Stéfan van der Walt
Approval of Minutes from last meeting: Approved 4-0-0.
Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: NA
Q1 Report - We seem to be on track with our budget through Q1.
Executive Director’s Report:
The Advisory Council discussed strategies to increase funding for Small Development Grants, including creating a SDG funding prospectus (similar to our corporate sponsor version), at its Q2 meeting.
Nominations for new DISC committee members are open!
Google Open Source has renewed sponsorship and Moderna has confirmed sponsorship.
a. Small Dev Grant off-cycle requests
i. We received an off-cycle SDG request from Shogun. Voting will take place online as we did not have quorum when it was discussed. ii. The intent of offering off-cycle requests is to give projects a way to seek funds when something urgent comes up that cannot be accommodated by the regular SDG cycle. We need to better define parameters for applying off-cycle for Small Dev Grants so that we don’t immediately get resubmissions from projects not funded by the regular cycle. For example, we should have off-cycle requests include in their application a justification for why they could not apply in the regular cycle.
b. We have received requests for fiscal sponsorship from PSL (Policy Simulation Library) and to be an Affiliated Project from PySAL (Python Spatial Analysis Library). Members of the Board volunteered to review these applications and put together recommendations before we vote.
c. Preferred Solutions Provider Agreement Draft - Tabled
NumFOCUS has drafted a “Preferred Solutions Provider Agreement” wherein NumFOCUS would refer potential clients to preferred solutions providers, who would then pay NumFOCUS 10% of gross revenue resulting from a successful referral. We’ve decided to table this discussion while the Board considers the implications of giving such referrals and possible vetting of preferred providers.
d. Bylaws - Tabled Discussion and ratification of the Bylaws was tabled until our next meeting (May 16, 2019) as we did not have quorum throughout most of the meeting.