On October 30, the community review period  for the annual plan grants
for this round of proposals to the FDC ends. To those of you who have
reviewed proposals and asked comments or provided feedback, thank you!
Here are some important upcoming milestones: 
* Nov 1: Round 2 Letter of Intent due. Organizations that are interested in
applying for an annual plan must submit an LOI. Eligibility requirements
are here. 
* Nov 9: FDC staff will publish an assessment of the each of the 11
* Nov 15-18: FDC deliberates on the proposals in San Francisco, joined by a
* By Dec 1: FDC publishes its recommendations to the Board
If you have any questions about these milestones, I'm happy to help you.
You can reach me at klove(a)wikimedia.org.
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
November 5, 2015, at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.
* A few words from Jimmy Wales
* Strategy update
* Community update
* WMF top-level metrics
* Showcase: Content Translation
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
There's a week and a half left in the community review period of the annual
plan grants. I invite you to take a look at any or all of the proposals and
offer feedback or questions in any language:
I'd love to see you there, and welcome you to join the discussion! Please
let me know if you have questions.
On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 12:18 PM, Katy Love <klove(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello, Wikimedians!
> I want to share with you that the community review period for the Annual
> Plan Grants (APG) program is underway for eleven proposals. These
> organizations are requesting unrestricted funding to support their annual
> plans, including both programmatic and operational costs. These requests in
> Round 1 total just over US$4 million of US$6 million available in both
> rounds this year. In mid-November, Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), 
> a volunteer committee made up of members of the Wikimedia community, will
> convene. They will meet in San Francisco to discuss these proposals in
> detail and make a recommendation to the WMF Board of Trustees on use of
> these funds.
> From now until 30 October, we invite everyone to review the proposals, and
> to provide thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the
> proposals. *You can begin your exploration of the proposals on the
> community review landing page *here*: *
> *About community review:* Annual plan grant proposals are submitted to
> the FDC on 1 October. That is followed by a 30-day open comment period.
> During this community review, all are invited to provide input on and ask
> questions about specific proposals on the discussion pages of the proposal
> forms. Applicants are also asked to respond to input and questions during
> this period, although they are not able to change the proposal form itself
> after the submission date.
> The FDC follows the discussion pages of the proposals in preparation for
> their deliberations in November. These questions, comments and responses
> are an input to their collaborative decision-making process. While anyone
> can comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30
> October, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period
> into consideration when making its decisions about funding.
> *How to join in the review:* Please visit the community review
> page  to view the proposals being considered and follow the instructions
> on that page. The proposals are only available in English, but your
> comments on the discussion pages do not need to be in English.
> *Why your feedback matters: *We hope that this open comment period will
> add to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal. The community review
> process also helps make our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The
> FDC and the WMF staff value feedback and insights from the Wikimedia
> community in making its funding recommendations.
> You can find more information about the APG program, the FDC or the
> upcoming milestones on our portal.  Please let us know if you have any
> questions, concerns, or feedback about the process. You can reach the FDC
> support staff can be reached at FDCsupport(a)wikimedia.org
> Warm regards,
> Katy Love
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information
please find the Wikimedia Foundation's report for the first quarter of
this fiscal year at
Quoting below the foreword by Terry:
We are pleased to bring you the Wikimedia Foundation’s Quarterly
Report for Q1 of the 2015/16 fiscal year, a comprehensive summary of
how we did on the objectives defined earlier in our quarterly goal
setting process. We are continuing to optimize the report’s format and
the organization’s quarterly review process based on the feedback that
we have received.
This issue includes some new pieces of information and a few format
changes. Teams have been starting to highlight one key performance
indicator (KPI) each - with ongoing efforts to identify the best
possible metrics - and to estimate how much time fell into each of the
three categories from the 2015 Call to Action (strengthen, focus and
experiment). We have reorganized the content to present all the
information that is related to a particular objective in one place
(description of the goal, measures of success, how we did on achieving
the objective, and what we learned from working on it), and changed
these slides to a cleaner, more effective layout.
As before, we are including an overview slide summarizing successes
and misses across all teams. In a mature 90-day goal setting process,
the “sweet spot” is for about 75% of goals to be a success.
Organizations that are meeting 100% of their goals are not typically
setting aggressive goals.
Terry Gilbey, Chief Operating Officer
A wiki version should become available on Meta-wiki tomorrow, and we
will also announce the report in a blog post.
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
Please find a summary of last month’s highlights from the Wikimedia blog at
the following link:
Drone photography of Versailles
Wikimedia project milestones: Swedish Wikipedia hits 2 million
What I Learned: Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina
In September, we love monuments
Reimagining the Wikimedia Foundation’s grants
Wikipedia’s very active editor numbers have stabilized—delve into the data
Should I pay for a Wikipedia article?
Translations for September are greatly appreciated.
Digital Communications | Wikimedia Foundation
*WMF:* ASherman (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ASherman_(WMF)>
**Wikipedia’s 15th birthday is coming. We want to celebrate with you. Read
this whole email for more information about resources and plans, and join
us on the Meta page to participate and coordinate:
As many of you know, the first Wikipedia was created January 15, 2001. That
means that the idea of our movement is nearly 15 years old! After the
celebration of Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <http://ten.wikipedia.org/> five
years back, we’re eager to coordinate celebrating this upcoming milestone
with you on January 15, 2016.
Wikipedia’s 10th birthday <https://ten.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>
resulted in 470 events across 113 countries, providing our global community
with an opportunity to gather, share stories, and bake many, many cakes
As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on
Meta for Wikipedia
15 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15> (thanks to User:Pharos
and User:JSutherland (WMF)) for coordination. Eventually, we plan for the
page will have resources including:
Resources plan events and meetups locally to celebrate the 15th.
More information on sharing birthday photos, videos, stories, Wikipedia
content, and other media.
Tips for pitching to local media to cover your event.
Many of the sections on the meta page are blank for now, but we’ll be
working with you to add more information to the page over the next few
months leading up to the birthday celebration in January. Please feel free
to add, edit, and discuss what you’d like to see for Wikipedia’s 15th
We look forward to working with you to celebrate Wikipedia’s 15th!
-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team
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