I don't fully understand all your concerns in this case, but I can say a
few things that might clear things up:
I have said recently that we'd have to put banners back up at the end of
the year for a final push. Since then, however, we raised money faster than
expected and so we no longer need to put up banners for fundraising at the
end of the year. We are going to run our planned "thank you" campaign a
little early this year instead of the normal final push.
Regarding the reserves: When we decided to split the campaign in two
(UK+CA+US+AU+NZ in Nov-Dec and then the rest of the world in April or May)
we set a goal for this first campaign that would keep the reserves above
the required level. That goal was $25M. Additional funds have been raised
by our major gifts team. When we run our next campaign in April or May that
will again increase the reserve.
Our tradition has always been to raise our budget and then stop asking as
close to when we reach that goal as possible. That's why we're not trying
to raise more and more and more. "Maximizing" for us means raising our
budget with as little negative impact on the projects as possible (and as
much positive impact as possible!).
On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I feel most of your points have already been addressed.
Two quick comments, that others also asked about:
* As Zack noted earlier this month, banners are down until the end-of-year
push. This has not changed. "From December 26 to Dec 31 we'll begin
showing banners again to everyone for a final push to the year end goal."
* I was also confused by the slide on reserves in the November monthly
report, and looked into it. Let me correct a statement I made yesterday:
reserves were projected to be at 6 months of expenses in October, and have
stayed above 6.3 months.
For the first time this year there are two different ways to measure
expenses, thanks to the FDC budget, which allowed the confusion. For
On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman(a)gmail.com>
I have been looking for the commitment you mentioned in Board and
related records, but I can not find it:
> We have committed to ending the active banner-driven fundraising once
meet our targets.
Does that commitment take precedence over the unanimous resolution of
the board of 9 October 2010 that Nemo pointed out at
which directs the Executive Director to
"implement ... 1) Maximizing
public support: Fundraising activities in the Wikimedia movement
should generally be directed at achieving the highest possible overall
financial support for the Wikimedia movement, in terms of both
financial totals and the number of individuals making
contributions...."? If so, could you please share the background and
Board deliberation records pertaining to it? I am concerned that the
Foundation is bowing to the wishes of op-ed critiques in the press to
the exclusion of the Board's unanimous resolutions.
Again, I would not be so concerned if it were not for the evidence of
the deception regarding measured fundraising message effectiveness,
the nearly two million dollars in missing reserve funds, the sharply
widening ratio between executive and junior staff pay, the high staff
turnover, late vital projects, insufficient staff for the Education
Program, employee dissatisfaction and below par compensation reported
, lack of a meaningfully wide call for community
consultation or reasonable numbers of community members commenting on
the recent "narrowing focus" changes, and lack of telepresence options
for Wikimania attendees. Many of these issues dwarf the ignominious
events of the Foundation's past, so I hope you, the other trustees,
and the Foundation leadership will address all of them swiftly.
Samuel Klein @metasj w:user:sj +1 617 529 4266
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