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The board has been busy prepping for the 1023 filing and part of that filing is to determine how we will be providing grants to members. This is the first run of how those grants will be allocated.
- There will be two types of grants:
- General grants - General grants are those that we don't plan for. It may be for a someone to give a talk at a show or to write a HOWTO.
- Specialized grants - Specialized grants are grants that are predetermined by the Grant committee. An example would be, "1500.00 to add X feature to PHP-PDO".
- Grants will available to members of PgUS of Professional or Student status. (This is already determined per our membership benefits)
- We will have a grant committee that will have a specific budget for grants.
How to apply
- In order to apply an eligible member will have to fill out a grant application. This will happen via the postgresql.us website or other traditional means such as a fax. The application will require a minimum information:
- Personal Information (Name, address etc..)
- Grant type you are requesting
- A Specialized grant, if so, which specialized grant.
- A General grant
If a General grant:
- What are you seeking a grant for?
- Develop a TODO item?
- Write a HOWTO?
- Develop a best practices document?
- How much money are you looking for?
- How will the money be used?
- What is benefit to PostgreSQL should the grant be awarded?
- What do you hope to learn or teach should the grant be awarded?
In a recent post made to pgus-general , Josh Berkus makes an interesting point about the PgUS grant process. The PgUS grant process is currently designed in a way that restricts the benefits of the grants to PgUS members. It was designed like this on purpose (and currently being verified as acceptable via our attorney).
There are several reasons we decided to do it this way and here are my own (why I voted for it):
- PgUS is all about PostgreSQL in the U.S.
- Those who pay to participate should receive the benefits of the corporation first.
- Commercial sponsors of PgUS should be comfortable that the money they spend shall be focused in generating interest and education about PostgreSQL within the market they spent their money in.
This is distinctly different than another PostgreSQL.Org affiliated non-profit, (of which I am also a Director) SPI. SPI is affiliated with PostgreSQL.Org via the PostgreSQL Fundraising group. SPI/PGFG is about supporting PostgreSQL financially as a whole. This means they may support David Fetter to fly to PgCon.Br to give a talk or may help PgCon.EU with SWAG purchases. I believe it is a great thing that PGFG/SPI does for the global PostgreSQL community. However it is far more arbitrary in its support than PgUS is intended to be.
This begs the question, If PgUS is all about PostgreSQL in the U.S., why does your mission say, "Work with international PostgreSQL associations to achieve common goals.". Excellent question! I would not vote in favor of spending PgUS money on an event in Europe. It isn't within our domain. That is PgEU. I would however vote in favor of financially supporting a global effort for free curriculum, or consistent advocacy material that could be translated and shared between all PostgreSQL organizations. Basically as the statement says, "to achieve common goals". Something like PgCon.EU is not a common goal that PgUS has with PgEU.
Just a small update, the bylaws  have been approved by the board. That was a major hurdle now crossed. Now our main focus is the 1023. The 1023 is the IRS form that allows us to claim 501c3 status.
The good news is, its mostly done. With the major outstanding issue being the process for applying for and receiving grants from PgUS. We will make sure and get that posted.
Lastly, Selena Deckelmann has resigned from her board seat, and the board has appointed PostgreSQL.Org Core member Bruce Momjian as a replacement. We look forward to working with Bruce to finalize the last details so we can focus on elections.
It has been a little quiet on the PgUS front of late but that doesn't mean work isn't happening. We have a new feature on the website that allows anyone to view resolutions that have been brought before the board. You can view those that have passed, failed or all at once. We have also received back what we hope is the last revision of the bylaws from our attorney. Lastly we have also determined our initial member benefits and dues.
During a truncated version of the talk I gave at PDXPGDay about PgUS it was brought to our attention that we don't ask for donations or membership dues yet. That is correct! We don't. The reason is that we want to have all of our legal structure in place and the foundation for the corporation solid before we start taking money. Rest assured, we will be requesting those donations soon!
During the talk I touched on something the board is working on, grants. By being a paying member of PgUS you will have the ability to apply for grants. Some of these grants will likely be predefined (maybe complete X PostgreSQL TODO for Y dollars). Other grants will be able to be applied for in a more general manner, e.g; "I would like to develop this widget for PostgreSQL" or "I would like to write a HOWTO covering X topic on PostgreSQL". There will be a simple but formal application process and key benefits will have to be explained but I think this is likely to be one of the more interesting possibilities of being a member of PgUS.
Truviso announced today that they were open sourcing some great work that Alvaro Herrera of Command Prompt Inc., has been working on. You can get the high-level details from this press release published in Forbes Magazine:
If you're interested in what's happening in the code, you can find a message from Alvaro here:
And the patches themselves (in their current form) are here:
From Alvaro today:
"All in all, I expect to be able to remove dead rows created by
transactions that are no longer in progress, but which started more
recently than some currently-open long-running transaction."
Great work, and we're all looking forward to the finished product, sometime in early 2009.
Spoke with our Attorney today (Greg Hitchcock) he says, "I will try to get you a draft of the IRS application by the last week of April". We have already filed with the State of Oregon, this is the for the Federal 501c3 classification. This is great news because it means we could potentially be done with all of this before OSCON or LWE. At a maximum we will be done by West!