Per the announcement, congrats to the new board of directors for the Plone Foundation. I really, really like that lineup of people. It’s amazing, though, that there were at least five others in the election that would also have been strong to have on the board.
A particular thanks to Hanno Schlichting for once again conducting the election. I have utter confidence in the things he does, be it Plone Foundation process stuff or gradually untangling years of technical cruft as part of his Plone 5 release manager duties.
I saw the minutes of the Plone Foundation annual member’s meeting (thanks Maurits for the writeup.) Toby reported that, after spending half of the original CA donation of $100k, the PF in one year has its bank account back to the original amount. This is primarily due to the sponsorship plan that Jon Stahl helped kick off, tied to the excellent work the Plone.net team at Pilot Sytems (plus Reinout, plus others) have done over the years.
The price point for sponsorship makes it easy to get companies in, and the allocation of funds (e.g. release managers, promotion) makes it very easy to justify. Since the price point is a yearly fee, I suspect that you’ll see another $50k come in during the next half year, meaning…
…the Plone Foundation is a very successful community-managed outfit. Congrats to the previous board for orchestrating this turnaround on finances, and here’s to a good 2010 for the Plone Foundation.