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Subject: Note on receiving Internet Society funds
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:56:51 +0000 (UTC)
From: Christine Saegesser Baethge <mailer(a)isoc.org>
Reply-To: Christine Saegesser Baethge <Saegesser(a)isoc.org>
To: Nicolás Echániz <nicoechaniz(a)altermundi.net>
We’d like to touch base today as we do currently have a few Internet
Society funding programmes open for which our Special Interest Groups
(SIGs) are in principle eligible to apply (Admin funding and soon the
Chapterthon as well as the Internet Society Foundations’ Beyond the Net
As you most probably know, as of 2019, the Internet Society can, for
accountability and liability reasons, only disburse funds to Chapters
and SIGs that have an official bank account in their name.
We do realise that this is a particular challenge to our Special
Interest Groups that are global in nature and for whom the local legal
registration as well as the opening of a bank account in their name is
particularly tricky to sort out. We have over the last few months tried
to gather information on how other organisations handle this situation,
but came to the conclusion that we’re not the only ones with this
challenge and are thus still looking for a viable solution going forward.
While we’re working on a sustainable long term solution to this
difficulty, the process that we suggest for 2019 for SIGs wishing to
apply for Internet Society funding is that they identify a Chapter that
is willing to receive the funds for the SIG.
This however means that the funding MoU will be with the Chapter and the
Chapter will be fully responsible for the funds received, including that
they were spent in the manner described in the initial funding proposal.
The Chapter needs to be aware of this.
Before wiring the funds, the Internet Society would need to receive a
written agreement/MoU between the Chapter and the SIG concerning these
Given that some of you have applied for Admin funding, we decided to
re-open a 2nd round of applications for this programme later this year
and encourage you to get prepared to re-apply in the manner explained
above. We will keep you all updated on the exact timing of this 2nd round.
Please do let us know if you have any questions in relation to this.
We’d also like to use this opportunity to let you know that the
responsibility of working with our Special Interest Groups is in the
process of being transitioned from Kyle Shulman, who you all know well,
to Evelyn Namara (namara(a)isoc.org). So, going forward, please contact
Evelyn on all SIG related questions and updates.
Internet Society (ISOC)
Christine Saegesser Baethge
Director Chapters and Individual Members
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