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YafaRay applying for SPI membership

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YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:42 am

Hi guys.

I would like to inform you that we've applied for SPI membership. SPI is basically a non-profit organisation that helps FOSS projects that don't have a legal and financial structure of their own.
http://www.spi-inc.org/

We see it as an intermediary step and as a platform for our YafaRay Association. In general, the SPI YafaRay account would be used to accept donations and to pay for services the YafaRay project needs, in an honest way and all according to non-profit rules (no Oktoberfest tickets for instance :D). For example we can use it to finance our first get-together or to normalise our hosting situation.

However, we should not use it to pay for products or hardware, since that stuff would be owned by SPI itself, that's probably an unavoidable legal constraint of SPI. Also without an Association, we can not have our own sponsors and hardware donors. So in the midterm the Association is still the best outcome.

We can leave the SPI scheme anytime with or without Association, or keep on using it once the Association is launched. In fact, other projects like Drupal or Gnome used SPI services untill they were capable of handling these matters by their own.

The YafaRay Team is for this option yet with some doubts. Anyway, we like being transparent and we would like to share this news with you and listen to your opinions.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:50 pm

The YafaRay project has been officially invited to become a SPI associated project:
http://www.spi-inc.org/secretary/agenda ... 2-09.html/

Expect a 'Donate' button soon.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:15 am

Congratulations, Mr President.
Yafaray is becoming more and more serious, that's great.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:20 pm

the donations page is up!

http://www.yafaray.org/donate
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:06 pm

Great News...! (I'm rarely so happy to spend money)

One thing though, it only seems to accept credit cards. Is debit card or PayPal possible?
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:14 pm

debit card is accepted, as long as the debit card is visa, mastercar or discover branded
(I have changed the text in the donations page)
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:33 pm

Indeed, good news.
You should post this in the front page news, guys.

Greetings.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:58 am

I have pasted the news in the spanish 3D forum, 3dpoder.com, to give it a bit more propaganda:
http://www.foro3d.com/f39/yafaray-se-un ... post732543

I think it would be a nice idea to do it in other forums as well. There are some Yafaray users who don´t use this forum and maybe this way they would be informed.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:01 pm

That's great, I've just donated. A Paypal option would be even better.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:39 pm

bupla wrote:That's great, I've just donated. A Paypal option would be even better.

Thanks for your donation Bupla!

About the Paypal option, it is going to take a while. Paypal acts in really arbitrary ways when problems arise and they refuse to abide any consumer protection laws apart from their own TOS, particularly in the USA.
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:18 am

Hi guys,

We have opened a page to acknowledge your contributions:
http://www.yafaray.org/donate/donors
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Re: YafaRay applying for SPI membership

Post Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:31 pm

The donors page is a good idea. Lets hope the list gets longer and longer :)

I tried to make a donation a few days ago and I had some problem with an anti pop-up add-on I have in firefox. I tried today with Internet Explorer and everything went fine.
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