The inaugural Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) is pleased to announce
recommendations  on Round 1 of funds allocations for the year 2012-13.
The WMF Board of Trustees will make a decision on these recommendations by
December 15, 2012.
The FDC received proposals from 12 movement entities for Round 1 for a
total requested amount of 10.4 million USD. These proposals were from 11
Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation. Three proposals were
received after the deadline of 1 October had passed, but the FDC decided
that since it was the first time for the process, the late proposals would
be accepted and discussed. Since the proposal deadline, the FDC and FDC
support staff have spent many hours reviewing and assessing these proposals
to determine a set of allocations that would best support movement goals.
This assessment included a 4-day in-person deliberation session in San
Francisco over the period October 28-31, where the FDC members discussed
the proposals in depth and determined allocation amounts for each applying
The FDC recognizes that this is not a perfect process, and that the process
and the outcome will improve over time as we learn more about what works in
the movement and what drives impact. We invite the community to provide
overall feedback on these recommendations on the talk page for these
recommendations  and to provide feedback about the FDC process on-wiki
to the Ombudsperson , who will collect this feedback and use it in our
continuous improvement process. For formal complaints about the
recommendations, there is a separate process, outlined below.
If any entity has a complaint about the FDC’s recommendation, it should be
submitted by 23:59 UTC on 22 November 2012 in accordance with the complaint
process outlined in the Framework for the Creation and Initial Operation of
the FDC :
- The complaint should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary
directed to the two non-voting WMF Board representatives on the FDC
(Jan-Bart and Patricio)
- The complaint should be submitted on-wiki, through the FDC portal page
designated for this purpose 
- These board representatives will present the complaint to the WMF
Board at the same time it considers the FDC recommendation.
- Formal complaints can be submitted only by the Board Chair of a
- Formal complaints must be filed within seven days of the submission of
the FDC slate of recommendations to the WMF Board (by end of day UTC
- Any planned or approved disbursements to the organization filing a
complaint will be put on hold until the complaint is resolved.
- If the WMF Board's consideration of the complaint results in an
amendment of the FDC's recommendations (which is expected only in
extraordinary circumstances), the WMF Board may choose to release extra
funds from the WMF reserves to provide additional funds not allocated by
the FDC's initial recommendation.
- Other members of the WMF Board may participate in the investigation if
approved by the Chair of the WMF Board.
on behalf of the FDC
Dariusz Jemielniak (Chair)
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