September 13-16, 2022
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Tuesday, September 13 • 17:10 - 17:50
Funding OSS: A Multi-layered Approach - Rebecca Rumbul & Paul Lenz, Rust Foundation

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How can we best fund the development, maintenance, sustainability and growth of OSS ecosystems? This is a difficult question to which there are many opinions and no ‘right’ answers. Often it is OSS foundations that find themselves responsible for raising funds to support both their communities and their infrastructure, with the difficult task of deciding how to prioritise and distribute limited financial resources. This session will discuss the competing priorities in funding OSS, and the issues with the current established norms for funding OSS work, such as via individual sponsorship or through a patchwork of small and disconnected awards. Rebecca and Paul will reflect on their own experiences of establishing the Rust Foundation’s package of financial and infrastructure support. The session will discuss how they developed a more targeted approach to funding using a grants-based and impact-focused system, and will reflect on the benefits and risks associated with this. The session will also examine how gaps emerge in OSS ecosystems and how to plug these with an outcome-oriented focus. The session will provide practical actions, processes and ideas useful to anyone with an interest in how OSS can be effectively and sustainably funded.

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Rebecca Rumbul

Chief Executive Officer, Rust Foundation
Rebecca is the Executive Director and CEO of the Rust Foundation, a global non-profit stewarding the Rust language, supporting maintainers, and ensuring that Rust is safe, secure, and sustainable for the future. She holds a PhD in Politics and Governance, and has worked as a consultant... Read More →

Paul Lenz

Director of Finance and Funding, Rust Foundation
Paul Lenz is Director of Finance and Funding for the Rust Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022 he ran The Indigo Trust, a UK-based philanthropic organisation and before that spent six years as Head of Finance at the transparency and accountability NGO mySociety. In... Read More →

Tuesday September 13, 2022 17:10 - 17:50 IST
Liffey Meeting Room 1 (Level 1)