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TPF Programs in 2010

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Below is an overview of the programs that were financially supported by The Perl Foundation in 2010. Programs are roughly broken up into 3 categories: Events, Marketing, and Development.

Perl events

The Perl Foundation supported four conferences in 2010. Those conferences were: The North American Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC::NA), Frozen Perl, The Pittsburgh Perl Workshop, and The Perl Oasis. Each event is expected to be self-sustaining through program fees and donations. However, TPF did provide support to each event in the form of free services. Event organizers were able to pick and choose which services they needed:

  • Use of the donate.perlfoundation.org payment gateway for the various events to receive registration fees and sponsorship contributions. Each event received 100% of the amount contributed, any transaction fees were covered by TPF. In the course of a year this works out to over $2,500 in event sponsorship.
  • Event liability insurance, which is often required by event venues. The liability policy costs TPF over $1,000 to maintain per year.
  • Use of TPF as an established legal entity when required to enter into contracts with event venues and contractors. This freed event organizers from needing to spend time and expenses related to establishing their own organizations for each event.
  • Handling all disbursements to venues, caterers, contractors, speakers, etc.. All postage, wire transaction fees, and accounting expenses were covered by TPF, which cost over $500 in 2010.

In 2010, The Perl Foundation provided a $500 sponsorship of the Enlightened Perl Organization's "Send-a-newbie" program for YAPC::EU. TPF also provided a $500 sponsorship for YAPC::NA's "VIP party", an event targeted at first-time YAPC attendees.

Perl marketing

In 2010, The Perl Foundation provided $1,000 in free printed marketing materials distributed by volunteers staffing Perl advocacy booths at various non-Perl events through the year.

TPF also paid $1,600 to have professional content continuously written for the perl.com web site through the year.

In 2010, TPF spent $1,800 for trademark applications in Canada, Europe, and Japan. The Perl Foundation now holds trademarks on Perl in both the United States and Canada.

Perl development

The Perl Foundation maintained their associate membership with The Unicode Consortium in 2010 at an expense of $1,500. This membership enhances Perl developers' abilities to maintain support of Unicode within Perl. It also gives Perl a voice in contributing to the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard.

Through a development grant made possible by Ian Hague in 2008, TPF paid over $14,000 in grants for the further development of Perl 6 in 2010. At the end of this year, there is $27,000 remaining unallocated in the Perl 6 development portion of the Hague grant. Grants completed this year included:

  • Jonathan Worthington's "Rakudo Signature Improvements"
  • Solomon Foster's "Numeric and Real Support"
  • Travel support for Patrick Michaud to speak about Rakudo and recruit volunteers at conferences.

TPF was awarded a $50,000 grant from Booking.com for "further development and
maintenance of the Perl programming language". TPF has used $25,800 of those funds in the form of monthly payments to David Mitchell for his grant "Fixing Perl5 Core Bugs." This grant will be continued into 2011.

The grants committee paid over $6,000 in grants from community contributions. The following grants were completed in 2010:

  • Ricardo Signes' "Archive::Zip bugs" and "Improve Dist::Zilla's Tests, Documentation, and Structure"
  • Vadim Konovalov's "Perl Cross-Compilation for WinCE and Linux" and "Tcl/Tk Access in Rakudo"
  • Curtis Jewell's "Corporate, Embedded, and Multi-user Perl on Windows"
  • Gerard Goossen's "Changing the Perl 5 optree build process into a Abstract Syntax Tree generation and a code generation step"
  • Leon Timmermans' "Embeding Perl into C++ Applications"
  • Sebastian Riedel's "The Mojo Documentation Project"
  • Kieren Diment's "The Perl Survey"
  • José Castro and Bruno Martins' "Perlbal documentation"

In 2010, The Perl Foundation in cooperation with The Parrot Foundation sponsored 10 projects in The Google Summer of Code. TPF provided over $1,600 in support for this program, which will eventually be recovered back from Google.

Looking ahead to 2011

In 2011, we expect our areas of support to remain roughly the same. We remain committed to supporting Perl events, marketing, and development.

How you can help

Improved fundraising is a requirement to maintain the strong support of Perl provided by The Perl Foundation in 2011. If you find value in the work that is being support by TPF, please consider making a donation. To contribute, please visit https://donate.perlfoundation.org

Newest TPF Members

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I'm happy to announce we've successfully concluded our recent call for new people to fill several vacant positions in TPF. Our newest members are:

  • Karen Pauley, Steering Committee Chair
  • Josh McAdams, Public Relations
  • Jeremy Fluhmann, Conferences Committee Chair

We're very excited to have some new people bring their energy and ideas to the table.

I'd also like to thank Andy Lester, our outgoing PR person, for all of his PR work and contributions to TPF. In addition to his PR work, Andy also organized the Chicago hackathon back in 2006 which got TPF more involved with sponsoring hackathons. And even though Andy is stepping down from his TPF PR role, he continues to serve the Perl community with PR in the form of buzz over at Perlbuzz. Thanks, Andy!

Reminder: TPF Nomination Period Ends Tomorrow

This is a reminder that we plan on closing the open self-nomination period for the TPF Steering Committee Chair, Conference Committee Chair, and PR positions tomorrow. If you're on the fence, it's time to decide.

Again, to participate, send me email at cbrandt at perlfoundation dot org and I'll send you an invite to the elections wiki we have set up.

TPF Needs You: Nominations Open for Several TPF Roles

Have you ever wanted to get involved in The Perl Foundation, but didn't know how? Well, now's your chance. I'm pleased to announce open self-nominations for the following TPF roles:

You can follow the links above to read descriptions of each of the positions. If you think you're a good fit for one or more of them, send me an email at cbrandt at perlfoundation dot org. I'll then invite you to a dedicated wiki we have set up just for the election.

Once you join the wiki, you'll set up a page to post all of your experience and answer the questions provided in each section above. The wiki is private, but you'll be able to see the other candidate pages, and they'll see yours.

The deadline to get all of your information in is midnight next Tuesday, March 11. Our committees elect their members, so the Conferences Committee will be voting on the CC chair and the Steering Committee will vote on the chair and PR positions. After we have a chance to look over everyone's information, we vote and select our newest members.

You only have a week, so don't wait too long. I look forward to hearing from you.

Working on reporting, working on conference representation

One of the things we're trying to improve over here is reporting. Not only do People Want To Know what it is that we're doing, but being a not-for-profit we have some regulatory needs to get our reporting act together. Over the past week I've been working on the reporting strategy for the Steering Committee.

Progress has been made on this front. I've created a draft reporting template that seems to have general acceptance within the Steering Committee and at the level of the Board. (I.e. the SC members seem happy to use it, and the Board people seem happy to accept it.) In case you're curious, here it is: http://news.perlfoundation.org/tpf_steering_committee_draft_2_report_template.pdf

Something very like this will be used. We've also gotten a general agreement on the time-frame for this report. Dec. 31/2005 is the last day of the "current" reporting period (which goes back to... well, time immemorial in theory but probably 6 months in practice). On Jan. 1/2006 I will email the SC to ask people to start putting together their reports. I expect to receive completed reporting chunks from each working group head as of Jan. 15/2006. I then give myself 2 weeks to collate-and-otherwise-synthesize a finished report from that. So, the report will be ready for Jan. 28/2006.

The other thing that has my major attention right now is working on a policy regarding TPF representation conferences: which conferences we should send an "official" representative to, how to choose the right representative, and what he/she will do when there. There has been a lot of discussion on the SC mailing list on this point so fortunately I don't feel like I have to do all that much hard thinking along these lines. Mainly, I'll (once again) be synthesizing what so many of my SC colleagues have already said so well. I was hoping to have this out earlier this week, but now I'm looking more at, well, later this week.

Disclaimer

This might be the first news.perlfoundation.org blog posting entered. It's not the "inaugural announcement", though. Andy Lester, the TPF SC PR guy, is crafting that now and a link to it will be posted to all the usual locations when it's ready.

What this is all about

This blog is hosted at The Perl Foundation. We hope to open up more communication with the Perl community by talking, mostly informally, here.

As for what I'm doing typing here...

I've been involved there indirectly for a year, more directly for about 3 weeks as the new Steering Committee Chairman. One of the things that we've been talking about is how to be more transparent to the community and approachable, so we're setting up blogs so that we can ramble about what we're up for TPF and generally in life, too. It also gives readers the chance to chat with us here about anything we mention that might catch your eye.

About TPF

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