So I've attached a proposed budget for 2022. What I did was just take all of the
"regular things" that we've authorized for the last couple years and
repeated them on a spreadsheet. The idea is to be straight forward and track the things
that we regularly do, and make the financial reporting on a monthly basis more useful. A
few comments or points:
The budget is not balanced. You'll noticed that it has more income than expense. While
it is not our goal to make money, I think that we should solve this with one-time expenses
(programs, projects, etc.) which typically wouldn't exist on an annual budget.
This does not authorize expenditure. The Inkscape PLC has always authorized individual
expenditures and a budget separately, I think it makes sense to continue in that
tradition. So for instance if we find determine that a hackfest is going to be all
Europeans and they travel by train, it probably won't be $8K. But, we can authorize
the specifics of that expense when we know more. We're more setting up a yard stick
(meter stick) to measure by than spending money directly.
Adding things is great. I'm all for adding things, but I'd rather add broad brush
strokes than details of individual expenditures, leave those detailed debates for the
individual authorization votes. Also, I don't think it should include one-time things
unless we expect it to be one-time every year (i.e. Outreachy). I don't want the
budget itself to get bogged down in all that. It is only guidance, not authorization.
The numbers I used are kinda optimistic. We've authorized for conference expenses for
about $250, but never twice in the same year. I hope that we'll be able to do more in
2022, but clearly our contributor's health takes priority. (same for having a hackfest
There are categories. I don't know if the grouping makes sense or adds value, but it
felt right. Happy to hear about how folks things should move around or the categories
should be changed.
Unbudgeted Items. I left a category for this so that we could track things throughout the
year. My thought was that as we authorize various things we could add them here. Hopefully
then we'll see "actual" get closer to spending our income (or more!)
throughout the year.
I'd love to hear people's comments and ideas and get them integrated, and try to
put together a vote by the end of the year so we go into 2022 strong!
On Dec 3 2021, at 10:03 am, Ted Gould <ted(a)gould.cx> wrote:
So I think we should really have a budget, even if we don't follow it 100%, just a
good practice and idea. We basically stopped doing it in 2018. My idea is to put something
very high level and simple together, nothing exciting mostly just our regular stuff (for
instance we can still vote for one-off things here an there, etc.). But I do want us to
feel like we have a plan and instead of financial reports just being numbers be related to
My goal is to have something we can vote on by the end of the calendar year.
If you've got ideas, please reply to this thread or ping me on chat sometime.
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