After having donated $25 each, this year and last year, I received another donation request after only a few months and was wondering where the money is going to and how much is actually needed. Unfortunately, most information seems to be quite outdated. There is a treasurers report from May 31 2015, a Foundation Financial Report from 2015-10-29 with a dead link, and the statement of a development contract with Kalpaitch for $2000/month. The treasurers report indicates donations of about $80000 for a 1 year period in 2015. Is that not enough, or did you collect so much less this year?
When I received the mail from Executive Director Seth Portner I found it's very much management blabla: "More secure site... grow with us into the future... global scale .. robust technology." Even saying: "In 2017 we also want to understand the impact we are having on the world by connecting bicycle adventurers and hosts." So I was wondering: Is the Executive Director really not knowing what WS is about? Does he really think WS would have some global impact? And couldn't be there (or somewhere else) at least a rough statement what money is needed for, like Drupal Upgrade $NN, Server cost, tax accountant cost, ED salary etc... ?
Looking at Seth's WS page I found he is member since only 2 months and does not seem to have genuine interest in hosting people ("happy to host for camping, or possibly in home space"). Does that mean that for Seth has been hired by the board for the mere purpose of assuming a role as ED, in other words, that WS has finally gone commercial?
Don't misunderstand me. I don't want to appear in "complain only, never do anything" mode. I did follow the recent discussion and understand the arguments from both sides. Also, I don't mind WS going commercial if that this is the only way to keep it alive. I really like WS, benefited greatly from it in the last 9 years, and would be willing to give more money if required.
Nevertheless, a little bit more openness on would be helpful instead of just asking: "We need more money to manage the growth". Growth itself is not a purpose. I rather have the feeling, the recent growth is a bit destructive, but that's another topic.