The facilitation team for the Call for Feedback: Community Board
seats invites you to a round of panel sessions next week, in the last days
of the Call for feedback: Community Board seats. , 
*Skills for Board work Friday, March 12, 18:00 UTC
*Support for candidates Saturday, March 13, 12:00 UTC
*Board - Global Council - Hubs Saturday, March 13, 16:00 UTC
*Regional diversity Sunday, March 14 13:00 UTC
We are confirming guests and times, and we are updating the wiki pages
accordingly. Expect 90-minute sessions with video recording: 45 minutes for
a panel to dive deep into possible scenarios followed by 45 minutes to
continue the conversation with open mic for all participants. You can share
your questions and comments now on the panel Talk pages.
We hope to see you there!
Communication Facilitator, Board Governance
*English language communities and Meta-Wiki*
 Call for Feedback: Community Board seats
 Four panel discussions
The Community Resources team announced in January the intention and process to review its current grants programs (Annual Plan Grants, Simple Annual Plan Grants, Project Grants and Rapid Grants) to ensure we are aligning with the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement, with a focus on knowledge equity and building a thriving movement.
Now that we have finished our needs review, key stakeholders discussions, community brainstorms, and grantee surveys, we are excited to share with you the draft proposal that has resulted from this work. We are requesting your feedback on how the proposed grant programs would impact you and how well they align with our movement strategy, which can be provided in the following ways:
Complete a feedback form
Participate in office hours
E-mail the Community Resources team (<communityresources(a)wikimedia.org>)
More information about these options can be found on our feedback page.
After one month when the planned feedback period is over, the Community Resources team will review all community input and make final adjustments to complete the redesign. In April 2021, the Community Resources team will review and incorporate suggested changes and send a final proposal for endorsement and approval by the leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Working with all our communities to update our grants programs is essential to ensuring that they are useful and address real needs for our communities. Thank you for all of the participation that has brought us to this point in the journey. We look forward to the continued engagement in this next step and listening to your ideas.
On behalf of the Community Resources team,
I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved
a Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia projects and movement. A
Universal Code of Conduct was one of the final recommendations of the
Movement Strategy 2030 process - a multi-year, participatory community
effort to define the future of our movement. The final Universal Code of
Conduct seeks to address disparities in conduct policies across our
hundreds of projects and communities, by creating a binding minimum set of
standards for conduct on the Wikimedia projects that directly address many
of the challenges that contributors face.
The Board is deeply grateful to the communities who have grappled with
these challenging topics. Over the past six months, communities around the
world have participated in conversations and consultations to help build
this code collectively, including local discussions in 19 languages,
surveys, discussions on Meta, and policy drafting by a committee of
volunteers and staff. The document presented to us reflects a significant
investment of time and effort by many of you, and especially by the joint
staff/volunteer committee who created the base draft after reviewing input
collected from community outreach efforts. We also appreciate the
dedication of the Foundation, and its Trust & Safety policy team, in
getting us to this phase.
This was the first phase of our Universal Code of Conduct - from here, the
Trust & Safety team will begin consultations on how best to enforce this
code. In the coming weeks, they will follow-up with more instructions on
how you can participate in discussions around enforcing the new code. Over
the next few months, they will be facilitating consultation discussions in
many local languages, with our affiliates, and on Meta to support a new
volunteer/staff committee in drafting enforcement pathways. For more
information on the process, timeline, and how to participate in this next
phase, please review the Universal Code of Conduct page on Meta.
The Universal Code of Conduct represents an essential step towards our
vision of a world in which all people can participate in the sum of all
knowledge. Together, we have built something extraordinary. Today, we
celebrate this milestone in making our movement a safer space for
contribution for all.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
Hello dear Wikimedians,
We are very excited to finally share with you the report of Wikimedia
Morocco User group, detailing the different activities in which group
members participated, as well as information about different projects that
were conducted online in the country in parallel with Covid-19
restrictions, and the very unusual situation that every person in the world
had to confront. Please find the report (and some nice pictures) at this
as well as a PDF version of it attached to this email.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about activities in
Morocco, or would like to partner with us, do not hesitate to contact us
Thank you, and have a wonderful evening (or any part of the day depending
on where you are!)
Hi all -
I have some good news to share. Five years ago, we launched the Wikimedia
Endowment <https://wikimediaendowment.org/> as a permanent safekeeping fund
to enable us to fulfill the part of our mission that says we will provide
support to the Wikimedia projects in perpetuity
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mission_statement>. Our goal was to
raise an initial USD $100 million for the Endowment by 2026, after which income
earned from investing the fund
become a new stream of financial support for Wikimedia projects.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters and the hard work of
the staff and the Endowment Board, the Endowment now holds $90 million. We
anticipate that we will surpass the $100 million goal next fiscal year.
At the outset, the Endowment was established as a Collective Action Fund at
Tides Foundation, with the plan to move it to a permanent structure as the
fund neared critical mass. In preparation for the approaching $100 million
milestone, we are now beginning the work of taking the Endowment to its
next stage of maturity: establishing it as an independent public charity
with the mission of providing financial support for the Wikimedia projects.
We are grateful to the future-focused community members who began
considering the idea of an endowment years ago, to those who participated
in community conversations on meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Endowment_Essay> to help us think through
initial decisions regarding its launch, to the WMF Board that gave the
Endowment its full support, and especially to the Endowment Board
<https://wikimediaendowment.org/#undefined>who, among many other things,
introduced us to their friends and opened their homes to host fundraising
events for us.
While we look forward to celebrating the achievement of the $100 million
milestone in the next year, the work of growing the Endowment will not be
over. Our direct fundraising efforts will continue, as will our pursuit of
planned gifts (such as gifts in wills and other legacy gifts). To date, we
have over 1,000 members of the Wikimedia Legacy Society – donors who have
agreed to leave a portion of their estate to the Wikimedia Endowment. Their
long-term commitment is a sign of deep respect for the work of our
volunteer communities and of a desire to help us reach the ambitious 2030
As we move forward in these efforts, you can follow updates on meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment>, and we welcome
on the Endowment’s Talk page
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Endowment>. We started this
endowment conversation with the community on that page five years ago and
that is the best place to continue it as we move into this next phase.
Thank you to everyone who has helped bring us to this point in the road.
Chief Advancement Officer
Lisa Seitz Gruwell
Chief Advancement Officer
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>