Van Lindberg, the chair of the Python Software Foundation, gave a really insightful keynote at PyCon 2015 last week. In a nutshell:
The PSF's greatest challenge is that it's short of time: it has one full-time and three part-time employees.
What can you do to help?
- Say thanks to people for what they're doing.
- Raise up and mentor others.
- Persevere when trying something new. (Bonus points if you help someone out who doesn't look like you.)
How can a new organization grow up to be the PSF?
- Don't rush it. (In particular, don't put too much process in place too soon.)
- Default to openness.
- Build a culture of service.
There's lots more, and you should watch the whole thing, but I think these are good guidelines for Software Carpentry (and most other things, too).