wiki:org/meetings/2016WinterDevMeeting/Notes/Fundraising
  1. Restricted and unrestricted funding (Shari)
  • Restricted – money comes with specific - funders may say we won’t give you the money or give it back
  • US government contracts – a lot of the money isn’t received until after the work is done, hard on nonprofits
  • Tor Project is currently funded like university research projects
  • Unrestricted – no ties or limited ties.
  • Crowdfunding is the best kind, but they could be made to be specific
  • Crowdfunding requires infrastructure, mainly, if they need to be sent swag. Tor didn’t have a proper mechanism and has had to spend a lot of human hours to fulfill donation requirements.
  • Crowdfunding has privacy implications but shirt sizes and addresses are needed to fulfill donation requirements.
  • Tor Project can’t do another crowdfunding camping until we have proper infrastructure.
  • Major donors are good sources of unrestricted funding.
  • Tor Project would like to identify major donor individuals and organizations.
  • Tor Project does not currently have infrastructure to take stock donations. Language on funding options is poor but infrastructure has to be there first.
  • Tor is in better shape than EFF was when it started but there is still a lot of work.
  • Crowdfunding is still taking money but Tor is not pushing it because of lack of infrastructure.
  1. Corporation funding (Shari)
  • Corps are only going to do things in their interest, usually very specific task or goal.
  • Facebook may be an opportunity because they get good press for supporting Tor.
  • Corps may sponsor events but community may not be interested in this.
  • Google sometimes funds human rights meetings. Google donated for pluggable transports.
  • Corp funding requires strong networking, usually knowing specific people to work with.
  • Corps may not want to be public about certain funding.
  • Partnerships are sometimes options.
  • Smaller corps, even startups, may sometimes be better than larger orgs.
  1. Foundation funding (Shari)
  • Traditional source for nonprofits.
  • Framing is critical. Some foundations have been waiting to give money to Tor but have wanted stronger administration.
  • Tor Project is used to treating Tor as a technology product, but needs to be shifted into a human rights cause.
  • Media Democracy Fund is one donor set to support Tor Project.
  • Tor Project is going to ask Ford Foundation for 5 million, ideal for core-funding (administrative) which is ideal for Tor Project short term and long term goals.
  1. Possible funding options (public comments)
  • Women – support groups
  • Children – safety of kids
  • Aid workers – agencies for communications
  • Cybersecurity – corporate and government
  • Elections and crisis management – many governments way want infrastructure to support democracy development and crisis management
  1. Tor Project is currently going after “low-hanging fruit” (Shari)
  1. Worries (public comment)
  • Strings are always part of funding. There is cultural value and influence-lessening value in diversifying funding.
  • How to move away from American government money, and American corporate money.
  • US has solid infrastructure for 501c3 donations.
  • Public image and politics are always challenges, but diplomatic opportunities exist.
  • People are afraid of engaging Tor Project. Connecting who helps Tor Project to people that should fund Tor Project can go a long way.
  1. EU funding (discussion)
  • EU funding may require money to be spent only in the EU.
  • What opportunities and limitations are there?
  • EU has a lot of university funding opportunities.
  • Possible legal risk if Tor Project were to create a European office.
  • What are the international opportunities?
  • EU build-out would have a high administrative overhead.
  • Tor Project costs is largely salaries; EU office could fund those living in the EU.
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