How should the constitution guide or constrain the distribution of Loomio's profit/surplus?
My working definition of financial surplus is the money remaining from direct business revenue after operational costs, planned and ongoing capital reinvestment, and debt repayments have been made, and before taxes are paid. This may change after discussions with an actual accountant.
The main areas this money could go are:
Social good - the money goes to a "Loomio Foundation" of some sort which redistributes it to charities, social enterprises, or individuals that need help.
Contributor disbursement - the money goes to those who have helped build loomio through the two previously discussed mechanisms: Fluid equity and Contributor's share.
Cash reserve - the money sits in Loomio's bank account. It doesn't do much here except earn interest, but it can be very useful to have a good cash reserve on hand if Loomio were to extend its business model, or speed up development.
Things to keep in mind:
A balance between flexibility (i.e. making a decision the perogative of the board or the members) and constraint (making clear commitments to external stakeholders)
Increasing base salaries diminishes the surplus and the amount of money available to disburse past contributors who no longer work at loomio (but receive money through Fluid Equity or contributors share). People generally seem to prefer higher salaries to equivalent bonuses