This situation is regrettable. My impression is that the FDC ombudsperson should review
the handling of WMHK's grant application, including the earlier investigations and
communications regarding the determination of whether or not WMHK should have been
disqualified from this FDC round. The ombudsperson may have access to information such as
emails and accounting documents that are not public. I hope the ombudsperson's review
will be reasonably speedy and thorough, and the results made public. One possible
determination of an ombudsperson review is that the FDC's final determinations were
right but that there are opportunities for improvement in communications with the chapter
so that there aren't surprises late in the process which result in a high level of
frustration for chapter volunteers.
Several interesting comments have been made in this thread regarding the value of a more
holistic evaluation of the FDC and GAC processes with regards to chapters especially
regarding the hiring of a chapter's first full time employee. There have also been
comments made regarding the "heavy" nature of the FDC grant application process.
Would the WMF staff please indicate whether a review of these concerns is under
consideration, if so, how they plan to conduct the review?
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