Re: [Spi-private] Very long wait for funds transfer

From: Josh berkus <josh(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Hilmar Lapp <hlapp(at)drycafe(dot)net>, SPI Treasurer <treasurer(at)rt(dot)spi-inc(dot)org>
Cc: SPI Private List <spi-private(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org>, spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: [Spi-private] Very long wait for funds transfer
Date: 2016-12-15 20:00:40
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On 12/15/2016 11:58 AM, Hilmar Lapp wrote:
> Seconded. I think we’re all in the same boat here, and I’ll go out on a limb here and say that we all collectively know that what Joshua reported is by no means an isolated incident but a pattern that has been festering. Plus, we are probably all agreed that of all functions SPI carries out on behalf of its associated projects, disbursing the funds earmarked for them in a timely and low-overhead manner is the single most important one. It is the one that _has_ to work, or SPI isn’t a functioning fiscal sponsor in any sense of what that means.
> I myself have had to follow up on almost every treasurer ticket, sometimes multiple times. I now keep a copy of every ticket receipt and create myself a reminder on my todo list 3 weeks into the future, rather than just considering the reimbursement done when I hit send on the initial request. I can do that, and my expenses needing reimbursement aren’t large enough to not allow several months delay. But it does make evident a very poor professional reliability of SPI as a fiscal sponsor that disburses project-earmarked funds.

While we have plans to get better software, that's a minority of the
problem. We could really use paid staff for the routine paperwork.
Relying entirely on a volunteer treasurer doesn't scale to the size SPI
is now.


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