Thank you FDC for completing this work and providing valuable feedback. As
we continue to improve our planning process and our funding programs we
hope to make your work easier as well.
Thanks everyone else who has participated with comments and recommendations.
On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM, Samuel Klein <sj(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Dear Dariusz and FDC,
Thank you for this fine recommendation. I just read through it for
the first time (of many, I expect), and the analyses are clearly
getting crisper over time. There are many constructive details packed
into each review, and the results are relevant both to the applying
organizations, and to how we plan for the future.
I am glad to see the analysis of the excellent Wikimedia France
proposal. And both the CIS and the Wikimedia Norge proposals seem to
have been complicated in their own way, but were handled smoothly.
The analysis of WMF's own proposal is clear and rewardingly thorough.
(Other organizations may be jealous and ask for a more detailed report
A few points I found particularly useful: the focus on areas where we
need clearer goals + measures, the detailed feedback on technical
changes, and the observation that legal work is a significant part of
our budget and work, and central to our mission, but here was lumped
in with administration. The last point is indicative of a larger
blind spot, I think.
I also appreciate the emphasis on regular checks of our work against a
strategy, and the need to organize an effective transition to new
strategic goals. The suggestions for a community-led strategy advisory
group, and for a pool of global metrics for [cross-]evaluation, are
well considered. Both could also make the FDC's work easier in the
Congratulations on this work. And good luck to those FDC advisors
meeting over the coming days.
On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak <darekj(a)alk.edu.pl>
The Funds Dissemination Committee meets twice annually to help make
decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. 
On behalf of the committee, I am pleased to announce that Round 2
recommendations to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
of Trustees have now
posted on Meta :
The WMF Board will make their decision on these recommendations by 1 July
For the second round of this fiscal year, the committee received four
proposals.  These four proposals came from two chapters, WMF and one
non-Wikimedia organization, totaling requests of '''$1.56'''
Prior to our face-to-face deliberations in Frankfurt from 21st-24th May,
the FDC reviewed the proposals in careful detail, aided by staff
assessments and analysis on programs, finances, grant compliance and
history, as well as community comments on the proposals. Staff presented
overview of these findings to the FDC during the
deliberations. The FDC
FDC staff also asked clarifying questions to the
entities on the proposal
form discussion pages during the four-week community review period (and
prior to the publishing of staff assessments), and observed the
about the proposals.
The committee thanks all organizations that submitted proposals, as it
required significant effort to both create the proposal and to respond to
the questions and feedback from the community, FDC, and FDC staff. We
sincerely appreciate them all for this work.
For formal complaints or appeals about the recommendations, there is a
separate process that entities should follow. Note that at the request of
many stakeholders, we are clarifying the complaints and appeals
so that complaints are made about the process to
the ombudsperson and
appeals on the recommendations are made to the WMF Board representatives.
These are further explained below:
Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s Round 2
recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC
'''end of day UTC 8 June
2014''' in accordance with the appeal process
outlined in the FDC Framework. The process is as follows:
Appeals to the WMF Board on the recommendations of the FDC (formerly
complaints, terminology changed to avoid further
* A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation should be in the
form of a 500-or-fewer word summary directed to the two non-voting WMF
Board representatives to the FDC (Patricio Lorente and Bishakha Datta).
* The appeal should be submitted on-wiki through the FDC portal page
designated for this purpose. 
* Formal appeals can be submitted only by the Board Chair of a
* Formal appeals must be filed within seven days of the deadline for
submission of the FDC slate of recommendations to the WMF Board, even if
the recommendations are published before the deadline for the
recommendations i.e. end-of-day '''1 June 2014'''. The deadline
is the end-of-day UTC on '''8 June
* These board representatives will present the appeal to the WMF Board at
the same time as the Board considers the FDC recommendation. Responses to
an appeal will be made alongside the overall decision on the FDC
recommendations, i.e. by end-of-day UTC '''1 July 2014'''.
* Any planned or approved disbursements to the organization filing an
appeal will be put on hold until the appeal is resolved.
* If the WMF Board's consideration of the appeal results in an amendment
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
* The Ombudsperson, as well as members of the WMF Board other than the
Board representatives, may participate in the investigation if approved
the Chair of the WMF Board.
Complaints to the ombudsperson about the FDC process (formerly called
* A complaint about the FDC process can be filed by anyone with the
Ombudsperson and can be made any time during a particular round of the
process (e.g. in this instance, from start
'''1 April 2014''').
* The complaint should be submitted on wiki, through the FDC portal page
designated for this purpose 
* The ombudsperson will receive and publicly document the complaint, and
investigate the complaint, as needed.
On behalf of the FDC,
"pundit" Dariusz Jemielniak (FDC Chair)
[[Category:2013-2014 Round 2]]
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