11 August 2020

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”).

August 11, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, James Powell, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay, Lorena Barba, Stéfan van der Walt

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Development Director: Terry Foor

Not attending: Andy Terrel

Email/Github Voting: NA

Development Plan & Revenue Forecast Presentation by Terry Foor

Executive Director’s Report:

How indirect/admin costs on grants containing subcontracts will be handled will vary on a grant-by-grant basis (following conversations with CZI, Moore, and NumFOCUS). Both funders and the advisory council have recommended that we raise the admin fee on grants to 15%.


a. Development Plan (board) from Terry

i.  Terry laid out monetary goals and plan to reach out to most likely sponsorship renewals

    1.  Terry will reach out with Board member for each renewal
        > request

    2.  Board members will thank sponsors (handled round robin?)

ii. Fundraising work group to involve Board members and community volunteers

iii. Engage community by creating and better communicating more volunteer opportunities (such as through PyData)

iv. Create more integrated and consistent marketing strategy

b. NumFOCUS Academy (brief) update (Lorena, Andy)

c. Project pre-screening before submitting to the board - heads up given to board for projects not close to meeting criteria

d. Adding Changeset consulting as a New Preferred Provider

e. “Corporate Training” as NumFOCUS sponsorship benefit

f. PyData Global Chairs:

i.  Executive Chairs: Diego Torres, Jane Adams

ii. Executives Vice Chairs: Matthijs Brouns (PyData Amsterdam),Sanket Verma (PyData Delhi)