Re: [ga] No Members?
On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 01:54:24PM -0700, Kristy McKee wrote:
> Now that we've heard from the cheerleaders will someone from the team
> please answer the question... I'd like to know where the money went as well.
The original Markle grant was for a total of $200000, as I recall.
There were over 150000 people who signed up, every one of them had a
letter printed and mailed to them, and most of those were overseas.
Though I don't know the details, obviously the entire original grant
could easily have been swallowed in letter production and mailing costs
alone. More than half of the people sent letters did not finish the
registration process; a very large number of letters were returned,
especially from countries with non-roman character sets.
Jody Baram was the project manager, her $30,000 for 6 months included
benefits; that translates to around $30-40K per year as a normal paid
employee. Chicken feed, considering how incredibly thankless and
stressful the job was. I sure hope her next job was more congenial.
The program went way over budget; I believe that the shortfall was made
up through ICANN's operating funds, and perhaps an additional grant from
Markle. Jody's contract was extended at least once to help deal with
the left over work, of which there was a lot. There are boxes and boxes
of undeliverable letters that were returned. They were still getting
returns from far away places, last I heard.
Kent Crispin "Be good, and you will be
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