Re: GNOME 3.26 Release Parties

I use TransferWise _a lot_ and I couldn't recommend it enough. I think
the Foundation should use it.

2017-09-13 8:33 GMT+01:00 Felipe Borges <felipeborges gnome org>:

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 11:06 PM, Nuritzi Sanchez <nuritzi gnome org> wrote:
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

Yes, I have used the service to send money abroad and it works just
fine with lower fees than the standard options. I also have a friend
(fellow GNOME user) that works there and I could reach to help us out
if necessary.

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

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

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
GNOME Foundation
President, Board of Directors

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