On Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
Is it accurate to say that all large Wikimedia
affiliates go through the
Funds Dissemination Committee except the Wikimedia Foundation?
Somewhat, yes. The process for community consultations and feedback is in
the works, but essentially WMF currently does not undergo the same kind of
application as the affiliates. One of the reasons for this is the size of
WMF: its huge budget makes it a much more time-consuming and
expertise-demanding endeavor to evaluate it, and the FDC is composed of
volunteers (believe me, I chaired the FDC for three terms, and just
handling the two rounds is lots of work). A separate round would make it
easier, and yet it would require three sessions per year, so it would
further decrease the poll of available candidates for the FDC,
Even with WMDE the analysis is really a challenge, and their budget is
significantly smaller than that of WMF - and the quality of feedback and
evaluation from the FDC is of highest importance. With budgets this size
it is a somewhat different set of skills and experience that is needed than
at the level of organizations with budgets roughly 100 times smaller.
Or from a
different angle: how is the Wikimedia Foundation budget allocated? Does
the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees currently do its own direct
allocation, bypassing the FDC?
I hope you realize that the Board has decided to set up the FDC as an
advisory body :) The FDC is making recommendations to the Board, it is the
Board that makes the allocations. As of know, the Board has not decided to
cede the WMF's initial review to the FDC, and it approves the budget by
In my personal opinion (which I often voiced during my tenure at the FDC,
and which I uphold as a Board member now) it would be reasonable, useful
and justified to have some parts of the WMF's budget undergo the FDC
process. The WMF's executive team is also generally supportive of this idea
and it is my understanding, that the conversation on how to make it happen
most effectively is ongoing. We basically need to find a sensible way to do
it, to make the best use of the FDC's, staff's, and the Board's time and
skills, for the optimal outcome.
However, I want to emphasize that even if just for symbolic reasons it is
important that the WMF serves as a paragon for other organizations in our
TL;DR: I personally would love to make it happen, but I also think it is
imperative to make it right.
Dariusz Jemielniak "pundit"