With DSF Elections coming up and a new board taking place soon, I think it’s a good opportunity to start a thread with ideas on what the DSF would/should do if the current operating budget greatly increased. This was previously discussed in this Twitter thread.
I have been Treasurer of the DSF this year so I have thought a lot about this issue. Financially, the DSF more or less treads water at this point. Total expenses in 2019 were ~$184k with the majority going to the Fellows followed by conference/workshop sponsorship. Income comes from corporate and general donations. For 2020, we are down roughly $13k as of this writing, but the total balance for the DSF remains ~$155k so this isn’t an urgent cry for help. Nonetheless, the finances are important and should have some consideration within the community. The DSF Board has added GitHub sponsors and an official merchandise store this year which helps add general/corporate contributions.
To me, this is a chicken-and-egg problem: we know we could raise more $ if needed but there’s no clear goals for how an increase in revenue would be spent.
So my question to the Django community is this: if the operating budget magically increased how would we spend it?
And this is all complicated by the fact that, as a 501©3 non-profit, the DSF is not allowed to pay for “work on Django” itself. For example, the Fellows are technically “community managers.” If we wanted to directly spend money on something technical it would require some work/thought to make it happen.
Thank you for your thoughts,