Richard Gallagher wrote:
--- Anthere <anthere9(a)yahoo.com> wrote: >
Regardless of the way we decide to spent money,
have some in bank. It comes in. It comes out.
So, we need some people to take care of financial
Mav has renewed his interest in taking care of this
after the elections. Angela and I are favorable to
this. I will not speak up for Jimbo... as he is on
Mav has been taking care of Wikimedia accounting for
several months as far as I can remember. I did not
hear there were any problems. He also is interested
in working on the budget.
What exactly are you suggesting? That Maveric149
should be the treasurer or he should be some sort of
No. The treasurer is a board position. But the board is empowered to
delegate activity to identified persons or to committees.
Mav would be financial officer, and report to the Board.
If the former, then I believe the treasurer should be
a member on the Board of Trustees. This fits in with
the foundation bylaws as they currently stand (
Having a treasurer that was not on the board would be
unusual. If none of the current five board of
trustees want to be the treasurer then I suggest that
steps should be taken to get someone on to the board
5 people can't assume everything that needs to be done. Not only
"assume" (in terms of time) but also have the expertise to do it. This
is why delegation is good. Why advice is good. Why having a wide range
of opinions from knowledgeable people is good. That goes for finances,
just as public relation activities, fundraising etc...
And that is why any wikipedian help is welcome :-)
If the later, then I believe the the foundation is
big enough to warrant a clerk as well as a treasurer.
And the treasurer should handle the bulk of financial
Other people might be interested as well to
participate in financial issues. In particular, the
perspective of a professionnal on legal issues or on
accounting would be most welcome. I think we should
thrive to have teams as much as possible, and people
with various perspectives, as it is more productive
and usually more successful. A group of 3-5 people
would be neat :-)
So, if someone is interested in being part of the
financial committee, please speak up :-)
Criticism and/or nomination may be public or
I will put my hand up for such a committee.
I personally do not know you. So, I will listen what other people will
I believe it is important to get a set accounts drawn
including a balance sheet and statement of income and
expenditure. Then have them audited by a chartered
accountant. Because often when applying for grants
they will request an audited set of accounts.
Richard (aka Popsracer)
Might you explain what you are thinking of, when you mention "a
chartered accountant" ?
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