A short note on a suggestion to use a non‑profit umbrella organization (explained shortly) to handle donations and payments for the Open Energy Modelling Initiative forum.
The new cost is €290.00 per annum. And a number of people have
already kindly offered to contribute. But I am reluctant to run
those transactions through my personal bank account. For one
thing, this looks a little unprofessional. And for another, the
transactions would be hard to audit.
So yesterday I approached the Center for the Cultivation of Technology (CCT) based in Berlin, Germany. CCT are constituted as a non‑profit limited liability company or specifically a German gemeinnützige GmbH. And they offer, among other services, a point of contact for donations and grants. CCT will discuss my so far informal application at a management meeting on 23 February 2021.
If successful, the following would prevail in respect of the openmod forum alone:
Please contact me offlist if you have comments on or issues with this proposal. Preferably within one week. Otherwise myself, Max Parzen, and Leo Hofbauer, as the forum admins, will proceed as indicated.
See here for the full list of services run by the openmod:
with best wishes, Robbie
-- Robbie Morrison Address: Schillerstrasse 85, 10627 Berlin, Germany Phone: +49.30.612-87617
Hi Robbie, list,
I have never heard of the CCT, but personally that way to got is fine with me, as long as you think the CCT is a trustworthy entity for this matter.
I liked the fact that so far openmod was kept going with
basically zero administrative overhead so far, but I also see the
need to try new ways when money needs to be collected to pay for
such things like hosting. And by the looks of it, this is a
solution that still works with hardly any overhead on our side,
which is good. So I'm fine with the proposed solution.
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Hi Ingmar, all
Some due diligence on CCT is in order.
Moritz Bartl tells me they process about €1 million per annum,
including grant funding from the European Commission. In addition, some of their partners are
The ability to process income from public funders as well of from private donors could perhaps be useful in the future. In which case, CCT can take on some of the project management responsibilities too. Although I am not sure what that would exactly mean in practice.
Finally, just to stress that this
exercise relates solely to the openmod forum. If other projects
from this community arise, then they should occur under
different agreements and with different points of contact.
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The Center for the Cultivation of
Technology (CCT) have agreed to act as a staging post for
collecting financial contributions to cover the Communiteq
hosting service we now use to run the openmod
forum. Our hosting fees are currently €290.00 per year.
Next week I will obtain an IBAN/BIC for EUR transfers and also
details for an intermediate bank in the United States for USD
transfers. And I will be in touch thereafter with those who
earlier offered to contribute. I believe donations from Germany,
at least, would be tax deductible and that suitable documentation
would be issued at year end on request. More information soon.
with best wishes, Robbie