[KI-LC] Proposal for Outside Funding for WGs/DGs
Salzberg, Kenneth M
ken.salzberg at intel.com
Thu Feb 25 12:47:10 EST 2010
With respect to your fifth bullet, during the formation of Kantara we did discuss allocation of a portion of members dues to specific projects. We chose not to follow this concept but rather to minimize dues to lower the barrier of entry. This could certainly be taken up by the BoT again, but at the current dues level, I do not think it is workable. We also discussed the possibility of a member providing funds above and beyond their dues for which they could specify how the funds would be allocated. But as Roger indicated in the previous thread, a policy was never developed. The BoT could certainly address this topic if the LC would like to pursue it.
Ken Salzberg, Technology Manager
Integrated Platforms Research, Intel Labs
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From: lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org [mailto:lc-bounces at kantarainitiative.org] On Behalf Of Bob Pinheiro
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:51 AM
To: Kantara Leadership Council
Subject: [KI-LC] Proposal for Outside Funding for WGs/DGs
At the last LC meeting, I agreed to chair an ad hoc "Funding Proposal Committee" to address the question of WG/DG funding from outside sources. Before going too far, I want to share my initial thoughts on this topic with you, and get your feedback and comments.
* The rationale for having a process for WGs/DGs to solicit funding outside of formal Kantara budget requests is that such requests appear to be considered in light of: a) available Kantara funds; b) perceived priority of the request as compared to other funding requests; c) constraint that only "volunteers" should be doing the work, unless there is no volunteer and the work is deemed of sufficient priority by Kantara to be funded by sources available to Kantara. When a Kantara budget request is denied because it doesn't satisfy these criteria, the WG/DG should be free to seek funding elsewhere. Brett has pointed out that Kantara does fund projects proposed by WGs, and that "Kantara works with external funding sources as well (ISOC as co-funder of the Information Sharing WG's research projects is one example)." Yet I believe this is only true provided the above constraints are satisfied.
* The Chair (or Co-Chairs) of any WG/DG should be able to approach potential funding entities and solicit funds to support the activities of that WG/DG. By "potential funding entities" I mean virtually any entity that might be willing to provide funding to support the activities of a specific WG/DG. These would include Kantara members, organizations that are non-Kantara members who are participating in a particular WG/DG, as well as non-Kantara members who are not participating in the WG/DG. I'd guess that in many cases non-Kantara members would be approached, and if they agreed to provide funding for specific WGs/DGs, they might also be willing to join Kantara at some level.
* The specific WG/DG activities that could be funded in this way could include practically any legitimate WG/DG activities that the funder would be willing to support. This would include funds for surveys, market research, development of prototypes or pilot demonstrations, and consultants. Consultants may include WG participants (including Chairs) who are self-employed and whose active participation is deemed to be of sufficient value that financial support would be warranted.
* The amount of such funding, and the WG/DG expenses for which the funds would be applied, would be defined by agreement between the individual WG/DG Chair/Co-Chairs and the funding entity.
* The funding entity would provide the funds directly to Kantara, under a formal agreement that the funds would be spent by Kantara explicitly to support the specific WG/DG activities as agreed to by the funding entity and the WG Chair. In cases where a non-Kantara member is providing funding, and also desires to join Kantara, it's possible this new member might request that some of its dues be directed specifically to support the WG/DG. That would be an issue that is somewhat outside of this discussion, since we're only focusing here of funds earmarked for specific WGs/DGs.
* The Kantara treasurer would disperse the funds according to this agreement.
One open question: should WGs/DGs first attempt to secure funding through the Kantara budgeting process, or through supplementary budget requests, or should they be able to directly approach outside sources? On the one hand, it would be unnecessary to seek outside funding if Kantara is willing to provide the funds. On the other hand, going through the Kantara budgeting process may slow things down considerably, especially if the funding request is ultimately denied.
Chair, Consumer Identity WG
kantara at bobpinheiro.com<mailto:kantara at bobpinheiro.com>
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