Re: GNOME 3.26 Release Parties

As of now, we don't have any other accounts set up. We have thought about using TransferWise [1], but I doubt we'll have this set up in time for this upcoming release party cycle. 

It looks like TransferWise would work in Turkey, and in many of the countries where we have local groups. Does anyone have experience using the service? Apparently, TransferWise has low fees. @Muhammet - have you used Payoneer or Skrill before and do you recommend those above others? We're happy to consider other tools and it'd be helpful to know people's experience using them.  

I'm including more information about the larger challenge around payments below. If anyone is interested in this topic, please email me or the Board as we're having a Foundation hackfest [2] in early October around budgets, financial policies, etc, and we'd love your thoughts on what's working well and what isn't so we can discuss and try to problem-solve.

Thank you! 



Some context on payments

Here are the main problems we've had with sending small reimbursements so far: 
  • Bank transfer fees are heavy and paid by both the GNOME Foundation and usually also by recipients, depending on their bank's policies.

  • PayPal is not available in all of the countries where we have active groups. It still has steep fees for some countries. 

  • We don't want to set up too many online payment accounts because of the overhead of managing them. 
Because of these issues, it's been hard to reimburse local organizers for small events. The PayPal solution has worked at least somewhat well for groups in the past year, but it excludes people in Turkey, where we have an active community. 

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 12:35 AM, Muhammet Kara <muhammetk gmail com> wrote:
Hi Nuritzi,

Is there any reimbursement option other than paypal? It doesn't work in Turkey. Payoneer and maybe Skrill are working.


2017-09-12 9:20 GMT+03:00 Nuritzi Sanchez <nuritzi gnome org>:
Hi all, 

As the release of GNOME 3.26 approaches, the Engagement team would like to encourage you to join or host a release party in your area. As has been the case with recent releases, we have a budget of $50 per group for the first 10 groups that request a budget. 

You can find out whether there is a party near you, or add yours to the list here: There, you'll also find information on how to request a budget for your event. 

You can find tips on how to hold a release party here:

If you have any questions, let me know, and thanks to everyone who has contributed to this upcoming release!


Nuritzi Sanchez 
President, Board of Directors

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