While this might sound attracting at a first glance the effect might be
exactly the opposite what is desired.
First, The wikimedia movement is not multinational like coca Cola which
just buys what it needs. Wikimedia depends on volunteers. I would never
donate money if it is not spent on the people sweating for Wikipedia. So
behaving like a cold money hungry multinational driven by quarterly reports
poses a reputational risk.
Second, The goal is to target as much money as possible to the mission.
Invent some non-core effort and then shifting it to a paid resource is
killing such a goal. The effort should ideally disappear, not being
And, at the end of the day established (reporting ) standards should be
easy to follow for everybody, without the need of a "translator ". Just
like we know well from laws and other standards.
Hmm...I would love to *outsource *financial reporting to WMF together with
a couple of other tasks as well (program evaluation for example).
Imo the best would be to contact our (that is WM Hungary) accountant
directly so they can get the data organized as wanted, on time, with
explanations requested, etc.
In long terms I would love to see a global contract with KPMG (as WMF is
using them, or another of the big four) where KPMG (or an alternative firm
if not present there) would take this task over from local chapters.
That would ensure that the data is collected the exact same way (with same
definitions and methodology used) in every single country, without delays
or errors in reporting and on the best dates for WMF.
Not to mention that it would decrease the workload of the chapters what I
think barely if ever happened yet.
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