Re: recruiting sponsors

On Wed, 2009-05-20 at 10:23 -0600, Stormy Peters wrote:
> I really think we need a better way to get corporate donations than
> advisory board seats. However, we need to find something better before
> we decouple them.

Talked with John Wendell some time ago about this, we agreed that some
local companies would be happy to sponsor GNOME through the Foundation
but that offering them Advisory Board seats perhaps wasn't a good deal.
The main thing is that this companies would really not be interested in
shaping the future of GNOME but more in just getting some marketing by
associating their brands to GNOME or just mentioning in their profiles
that they support the Foundation.

OTOH, I have wonder if it would be fair to our current Advisory Board
members to give other companies paying less the same marketing benefit,
can we consider that the seat in AB is worth -say- $4000 or should we
limit the marketing benefits of our possible smaller companies?

I'm thinking that we can get perhaps 8 small companies supporting with
1000 USD per year, what could we offer them? what would we keep as
exclusive to our AB members?

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