The Board of Open Source Matters (OSM) approved changes to its bylaws at a summit in Boston, Massachussetts, USA, on November 6, 2013.

This follows a Motion in August this year, qualifying the current Directors to become Members of Open Source Matters. These changes make OSM a Membership organization, in order to fulfill our obligations under New York Non Profit Corporation Law.

The updated bylaws are available here.

OSM thanks the Software Freedom Law Center, for their continued guidance and support in these deliberations.

Another round of changes to our bylaws is planned, that will reflect the details for a longer term structure for OSM as a membership organization.

The board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), at it’s monthly meeting, installed the following Officers of the board for the 2013/2014 term:

Paul Orwig as President, Alice Grevet as Secretary, and Marijke Stuivenberg as Assistant Secretary.

The Officers of the board are elected from the board (by the Directors), and serve one year terms that may be renewed.

The Board of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) today, at a regular board meeting, voted for Victor (Vic) Drover as our preferred candidate for a new board director. It is the intention of the board to also elect Vic as our new Treasurer in the coming weeks.

Victor will be taking over from Thomas Hampton, who's been looking after our finances since August 2011, first in the role of Assistant Treasurer, and since April 2012 as our Treasurer.

Thomas has been working hard to put systems and documentation in place, enabling a smooth transition for a new Treasurer.

The board extends its thanks to Thomas for serving the Joomla! community, and wishes him all the best.

Once the board has concluded the required changes to our By-Laws (as mentioned in a previous post), Victor will be able take up the role of Treasurer of the board of Open Source Matters.

In the meantime, we welcome Vic as our choice for Treasurer.

The board of Open Source Matteres, in August 2013 approved the adjusted budget for 2013.

A copy of the budget is available here:

pdf2013 Open Source Matters adjusted budget

The latest Balance Sheet (up to the end of August 2013), as well as the Budget vs. Actuals financial reports, are available in our Unaudited Financial Reports section.

The Community Oversight Committee (COC) was previously the structure that was responsible for adding and removing the Directors of the board of Open Source Matters, Inc.

After the COC structure dissolved earlier this year, we started investigating various options for the election of new board members. During that time, we discovered a requirement in local state law, specifying that our organization-type have Members.

We obtained legal advice from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), on what options would be best in the short-term, while bigger longer-term questions on organizational structure were still being looked at.

Based on the legal advice, the board voted on, and approved the following Motion:

"Following a change in our structure from a Type B organization to a type C organization in 2010, Open Source Matters, Inc. will now become a membership organization in order to fulfill our obligations under New York Non Profit Corporation Law. We, the current Board of Directors have discussed the details of such a change and have instructed Mr Paul Orwig to work with our legal counsel in order to draft the required amendments in the By-Laws. We also agree that all current Directors will be qualified to become members."

With the help of our counsel, we are now finalizing the short-term changes to our bylaws that would fulfill our obligations under state law, and hope to vote on this within the next few weeks.

This step needs to be completed before we will be adding any new board directors.

If you are interested in participating in discussions about this and other topics relating to governance, contact Paul Orwig ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) about joining the Governance Working Group.