[okfn-discuss] Supporters Drive Email

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu May 28 10:06:36 UTC 2009

Dear All,

We've been planning a "supporters drive" to raise funds for a while
and now with our fifth anniversary at the end of this month it's time
to launch!

I've prepared a draft text for an email (below) and it would be great
to get some feedback before it goes out officially next week so please
let me know what you think.



PS: people are more than welcome to sign up to the pledge in advance!

## Supporters Email

Subject: Please consider supporting the Open Knowledge Foundation

This month the Open Knowledge Foundation is five years old. Over those
last five years we've done much to promote open access to information
-- from sonnets to stats, genes to geodata -- not only in the form of
specific projects like Open Shakespeare and Public Domain Works but
also in the creation of tools such as KnowledgeForge and Comprehensive
Knowledge Archive Network, standards such as the Open Knowledge
Definition, and events such as OKCon, designed to benefit the wider
open knowledge community.

While we have achieved a lot, we believe we can do much, much more. We
are therefore reaching out to our community and asking you to help us
take our vision further.

Our aim: to have at least a 100 supporters committed to making
regular, ongoing donations of £5 (EUR 6, $7.50) or more a month.

These funds will be essential in expanding and sustaining our work by
allowing us to invest in infrastructure and employ modest central
support. To pledge yourself as one of those supporters all you need to
do is take 30 seconds to sign up to our "100 supporters" pledge at:


We will always be a not-for-profit organisation, built on the work of
passionate volunteers. But with these additional funds, we believe we
can make our efforts go much, much further. Please consider becoming a
supporter and sign up to our pledge.


Rufus Pollock
Board Member, Open Knowledge Foundation

### What will the money be used for?

These funds will be essential in expanding and sustaining our work by:

  1. Allowing us to employ modest central support to:
    * Co-ordinate voluntary work
    * Apply for substantial grant funding for specific projects
    * Put on special events
  2. Allowing us to upgrade and maintain our technical infrastructure
(servers etc)

### What have you achieved over the last 5 years?

Among other things: we've started projects that have allowed
Shakespeare and Milton to enjoy a rebirth in the digital public
domain, begun the huge task of cataloging public domain sound
recordings, and opened a raft of economic and historical material.

We've also developed tools, standards and events which have benefited
the wider open knowledge community: Knowledgeforge stores the
parliamentary data for theyworkforyou and publicwhip, the Open
Knowledge Definition provides a standard for what "openness" is, Open
Data Commons is developing the data license to be used by Open Street
Map, and our workshops and annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon)
bring together individuals and organizations from across the open
knowledge spectrum.

More information can be found in:

  * <http://www.okfn.org/projects/>
  * <http://www.okfn.org/events/>

And in our annual reports available from: <http://www.okfn.org/board/>

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