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Location: Channel "OSMF Board of Directors (Public)" on Mumble.
Date and time: Wednesday 20th November, 19:00 London time


Board members



Open to all OSMF members.

Guests are welcome to speak at the end of the meeting on the topics that have been discussed. Please note that text messages sent on Mumble chat may not be seen by people who join using mobile apps.

Not Present


Previous minutes

Circular Resolutions


Voting cancelled: 2019/Res23 Accept the proposed Microgrants implementation

The linked document outlines this proposal.

Voting closes on 2019-10-18
Voting cancelled to get community feedback on the document. Please see the related osmf-talk thread.

2019/Res24 Approve financial hardship fee waiver 2019102710000056

The Board currently decides on membership applications for a fee waiver due to financial need on a case-by-case basis.

Voting closes on 2019-11-05

Previous action items

Action items updates

Potential registration with Benevity to receive donations

We received an automatic email, suggesting registration of OSMF at the Benevity Causes Portal to qualify for donations and real-time corporate matching funds from various companies.
  • Would require annual self-certification against common eligibility requirements to qualify for inclusion in companies giving or matching programs.

Points mentioned during email discussion:

Might not worth it. Options if we go ahead:

  • Check availability of scheme for non-charities.
  • Become a charity. Complex step that would lead to more strict financial reporting requirements and also have operational effects on what we can do with our money.
  • Try to attain 501(c)(3) equivalency in the US. Would require some work to get done (and might or might not work).
  • Suggestion that funds could be redirected to local chapters.
Lead: Heather

More topics to be added

Advisory Board - monthly update

The Advisory Board members are separate from the OSMF board of directors - individuals are either nominated by Corporate Members of the OSMF or invited directly by the OSMF board of directors. The OSMF Board of Directors will publicly minute, in the board meeting minutes, any communication sent to, or received from, the AB members. This monthly section is reserved for this purpose. Overview.

AB related updates and board discussions:
2019 Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug

2018 Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
2017 Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May (F2F), Oct

Lead: Heather

Any other business

Guest comments or questions

Next meeting

Meetings take place online on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 19:00 London time, unless rescheduled.
The next monthly board meeting will be on the 18th December 2019 at 19:00 London time, unless rescheduled.

Meeting end