On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 1:21 AM, Risker <risker.wp(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Bearing that in mind, one of the concerns that came to
my mind even then was
that many of them did not make it explicitly clear that XX percent of the
donation was going to and independent local chapter. There was also a
significant lack of fiduciary information about the chapter entities to
which their donation was going - such as links to audited financial
statements, operational or strategic plans, current programs, expansion
plans, budgets, identities of the chapter board members, and so on. All of
this information was available in some form or other from the "non-chapter"
landing pages. Indeed, I never could figure out from any of the chapter
landing pages what percentage of the donation stayed local and what
percentage would be submitted to the WMF.
Oh, WMF landing page contains so many links to all the things you
mention (especially comparing to WMDE's or WMFR's landing page).
In other words, I *knew* that these were chapter
landing pages, I knew the
money was going to chapters, and even still it wasn't immediately obvious to
me that the money was going to a separate entity (the chapter) and not just
a local branch directly controlled by the WMF - or to the global WMF
And you assume most people even know what WMF is and what is the
difference between WMF and chapters? Come on, go to
and count how many times
Wikimedia is mentioned (answer: 3, 2 times in the footer). Then count
how many times Wikipedia is mentioned (11 times in the main text).
People are donating to Wikipedia, not WMF, and WMF knows that and
hence designs the fundraising messages in that way (remember the
"Wikipedia CEO" incident?). Chapters are much more honest in this