Talking to a few people recently, I realize that we never really spoke publicly about the financial aspects of ImpressCMS. Since money is always a sensible thing in an open source project, we wanted to do things slowly, but correctly, and with full transparency.
So to quickly answer a question posted in the forums:
I did a search but couldn't find any relevant info. So (just wondering) how are donations spend at Impress?
Well, so far, The ImpressCMS Project did not spent a dime from any income we had since the beginning). We were waiting to get things rolling to identify our best course of action as to where money could be used to get the best results for the community.
For the first 6 months of the year, we did not had much activity regarding our financea, hence why no financial report was made public. It is just lately that we have started to see some interesting activity: donations, ads revenues, Packt Publishing awards, etc... And we are still looking for sponsors to help us raise funds which would help the projet grow faster.
So, in the first week of January 2009, The ImpressCMS Project will officially be 1 year old, and a financial report will of course become mandatory. This is why on that very week, we will publish our first financial year report as well a a budget explaining how we intend to manage these ressources for the year to come. And starting then, we will publish one financial report every quarter. Transparency is very important for us and we will make all the necessary actions to reach that goal.
So, more to come in January ! And thanks to the people who manifested interest about this. If you guys do, many others are, so thanks for sharing this!