Friday, April 03, 2020

Announcing a new Sponsorship Program for Python Packaging

The Packaging Working Group of the Python Software Foundation is launching an all-new sponsorship program to sustain and improve Python's packaging ecosystem. Funds raised through this program will go directly towards improving the tools that your company uses every day and sustaining the continued operation of the Python Package Index.
With this program we are asking companies that rely on Python, its ecosystem of packaging tools, and PyPI to help us build a dependable basis to continue our efforts. 

Improving the packaging ecosystem

Since 2017, the Packaging Working Group has secured multiple grants, completed one contract, and received a generous gift -- all with the goal of improving the Python packaging ecosystem for all users. Most of these projects were funded by not-for-profit organizations and all of them were one-time awards with specific objectives.
Results from these funded projects include:
  • The successful relaunch of the Python Package Index, powered by the new 'Warehouse' codebase in 2018
  • Adding security features to PyPI, including two-factor authentication in 2019
  • Improving PyPI's web interface for users with disabilities and adding support for multiple locales in 2019
  • Additional security-focused features for PyPI in 2019 and 2020
  • Overhauling pip's user experience and dependency resolver in 2020
Companies have asked us how they can help fund the platform they depend on. With this new sponsorship program, the Working Group can sustainably fund packaging improvements not directed by a specific grant or contract and benefit millions of Python users around the world. Greater budget flexibility and a deeper reserve will help us invest in what the community needs.

Sustaining PyPI

As of April 2020, the Python Package Index responds to 800 million requests and delivers 200 million packages totalling 400 terabytes, during the typical day. Our users include hobbyists, scientists, companies, students, governments, nonprofits, and more.
Existing sponsors donate their services, which keeps PyPI free to users and to the PSF, aside from a subset of one staff member's time. Without these donations, the costs to operate PyPI each month would be staggering.
These critical service donations must not be taken for granted. Sponsoring the Packaging Working Group through this new program creates and maintains a stable reserve. We'll need that reserve in the event that we lose any of these in-kind service donations and must pay some or all of PyPI's operating costs.

Show your support!

As a company, your team can review the details of this new sponsorship program in our prospectus. Should you have any questions you can contact us at sponsorship@pypi.org. When you're ready, apply here. We are excited to hear from you!
If your company cannot donate: Even as an individual, your contributions count! No matter the size or frequency, please support us if you are able at donate.pypi.org.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

PSF's Projected 2020 Financial Outcome

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the Python community and programming language, as well as running PyCon US. Since PyCon US 2020 was cancelled, the community has asked how the PSF’s finances will be affected. Let us take a look at the projected 2020 financial outcome.

Bottom Line

As of today, the PSF will use approximately $627,000 from our financial reserve:
ExpensesRevenue
PSF$1,300,000$550,000-$750,000
PyCon$280,000$403,000$123,000
Total-$627,000
If you are interested in how we arrived at these estimates, continue reading to learn about our projected expenses and revenue for this year. 

Expenses

PyCon US 2020

Pittsburgh and its vendors have been incredibly helpful in reducing or eliminating most of the 2020 conference minimums and cancellation fees. We estimate $280,000 in expenses for pre-conference work related to website/logo design and nonrefundable deposits. In addition, we budgeted significant funds to support travel grantees with non-reimbursable costs, as well as executing PyCon 2020 remote content. Once travel grants and instructor fees are complete, we will revise the expense total. 

PSF

Through March 2020, the PSF awarded several grants*, expended legal fees to protect PyLadies trademarks in dozens of countries, and employed staff. The PSF is projected to spend $1,300,000 in 2020.

Revenue

PyCon US 2020

PyCon US registration and sponsorship revenue is used to produce PyCon, with the largest costs going to food, audio-visual services, and travel grants. 
Our staff works to create the best and most affordable attendee experience possible with the added benefit that 100% of net proceeds fund the PSF. For 2020, we estimated PyCon’s net income at $720,000. As of today, we are estimating PyCon's net income to be $123,000, thanks to individual donations and sponsorship fees. 

PSF

PSF 2020 sponsorships are estimated at $350,000. COVID-19 is impacting financial markets and job security, so we expect individual donations and memberships to decrease in 2020 by 55% from 2019 to around $200,000. 

How can you help?

The PSF’s financial reserve is crucial, as we experienced during the economic downturn of 2008 and again in 2020. The cash reserve prepares us for economic impacts, events out of our control, and provides a stable environment with health benefits for our employees, even during this difficult time. 
Here are ways community members can help and get involved:
  • Become a free or supporting member of the PSF to get involved in our future
  • Donate some or all of your PyCon registration (thank you to those that already have)
  • Donate directly to the PSF
  • Donate some or all of your company's PyCon's sponsorship (thank you to those that already have)
  • Ask your employer to sponsor the PSF
  • Ask your employer if they match donations to 501(c)(3) non-profits, and ask for your donations to the PSF to be matched
  • Sign up for the PSF’s free newsletter to stay up to date

We wish our entire community good health.
* PSF Grants: When PyCon 2020 was cancelled, the PSF paused its Grants Program until we can find virtual options and other ways to support events, as well as fully understand the PSF’s financial situation.