Policies

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This is our policy repository. Ideally when a proposal is made, a policy agreed upon, or an old policy unearthed, it should go here. Several Free Geek policies are currently buried in old meeting minutes, or completely unrecorded. Feel free to scour old minutes by browsing the archives of the various email lists at http://lists.freegeek.org/listinfo/ and posting newly discovered policies below.

Please find an appropriate section below and post agreed upon policies here along with an indication of when they went into effect and a link to the minutes or email containing the final wording of the policy.

Hardware Grants

Informal Grant Policies

Please look for documentation on these, especially specific wording, so they can be moved up to the official policies section.

  • Grants are for nonprofit organization, loosely defined. A nonprofit organization does not need to be a 501(c)(3), nor even incorporated. We cannot, however, grant to organizations that we are prohibited from since we are a 501(c)(3). This applies to partisan political organizations and some other types of groups.
  • Individuals may not ask for grants, though a nonprofit can ask for a grant and pass it through to an individual. The council has directed the grants group to deprioritize pass-through grants and encourage potential recipients to investigate the adoption program.
  • Local requests take priority over distant ones.
  • Distant requests need to explain their disposal plan for the day that the granted equipment finally becomes unusable.

Sales

Informal Sales Policies

Please look for documentation on these, especially specific wording, so they can be moved up to the official policies section.

  • Volunteers get a 50% discount in the store if they've worked at least 4 hours in the last 90 days. This applies to donated gizmos only. Other items, such as t-shirts and bumper stickers, have a 10% discount for volunteers.
  • People who buy a yearly membership to Free Geek get half of a volunteer discount (25% and 5%).
  • We don't sell sytems that are equivalent to FreekBoxen in the store. Nor do we sell components that are in such short demand that it might endanger the production of FreekBoxen. In practice this means the systems sold in the store are less than FreekBox spec. But we have recently agreed to sell a limited number of higher end systems (above FreekBox spec) as long as it doesn't impede FreekBox production.
  • Even if a volunteer normally would receive a discount in the store they are not allowed to take it on items that they intend to resell.
  • If a customer wants to buy something that is not in the store, the store may issue them a 'hall pass' that details where they can go to look for it and what they are looking for.

Staffing and HR

Hiring

Vacation

Disciplinary and Grievance

Other

Tech Support

Decision Making

Miscellaneous

Informal Miscellaneous Policies

Please look for documentation on these, especially specific wording, so they can be moved up to the official policies section.

  • Volunteers in the adoption program can earn a free computer in exchange for 24 hours of work.
  • Volunteers in the build program can earn a free computer in exchange for building six computers. The sixth computer is the one they keep, and they can build it themselves.
  • Volunteers can only earn one computer per year.
  • Volunteers who cannot understand English are welcome to participate in our programs, but they must provide a translator to help them learn the job and otherwise communicate. In http://lists.freegeek.org/pipermail/core/2004-May/001855.html Laurel says:
As we would have done in the past - require them to provide a translator. They're 
supposed to bring a translator while they work and when they come on the tour. No 
need to panic. We have just the same situation as before, no problems have been 
added (unless, of course, someone implies during the class that we would offer 
spanish-language support).