The board appointed me as Head of Fundraising yesterday - I am going
to be taking the lead in our part of the big Wikimedia winter
fundraiser. I am going to need some volunteers to help me. These are
the kind of things I anticipate we'll need to do:
* Finish creating the fundraising website
** Finish the technical side using Joomla and CiviCRM - experience of
these is good, but not essential
** Make the fundraising website look pretty (I have no idea where to
even start with that, so if you do, please volunteer!)
** Write the various bits of text - explanations of who are, what we
do, what we'll spend the money on, thank you emails, etc.
* Press work
** Writing press releases
** Responding to press contacts by phone/email
** Giving TV and radio interviews
If you think you could help with any of that, even just proof reading
things, or if you want to contribute to discussion about what we
should do to help us plan, then please reply to this email. I'm
planning to hold an initial meeting on IRC in a few days, so let me
know if any of the evenings in the next week are more convenient for
you than others.
The next board meeting is tomorrow evening: Tuesday 29 September
2009, 8.30-10.30pm BST, in the #wikimedia-uk-board channel on
irc.freenode.net, with discussion in #wikimedia-uk. Everyone is more
than welcome to attend. If you don't have an IRC client, then you can
connect using http://webchat.freenode.net/ .
The agenda is at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetings/2009-09-29/Agenda
Board members: please confirm whether you'll be present or not on the
agenda page, and please post your reports onto the wiki (links are on
> From: Andrew Turvey <andrewrturvey(a)googlemail.com>
> ----- "Al Tally" <majorly.wiki(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> > also, where is it going to be? That's the biggest factor for me.
> I think the idea was London - Seddon could you confirm?
Just a semi-idle question.
Once the membership grows somewhat would it be expected that future AGMs
would be held somewhere further north?
> From: Michael Peel <email(a)mikepeel.net>
> On 26 Sep 2009, at 12:52, Al Tally wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM, <brian.mcneil(a)wikinewsie.org> wrote:
> > > From: Andrew Turvey <andrewrturvey(a)googlemail.com>
> > > ----- "Al Tally" <majorly.wiki(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > also, where is it going to be? That's the biggest factor for me.
> > >
> > > I think the idea was London - Seddon could you confirm?
> > Just a semi-idle question.
> > Once the membership grows somewhat would it be expected that future
> > AGMs
> > would be held somewhere further north?
> > The last was held in Manchester.
> Perhaps we should hold one in Glasgow at some point? Or will that be
> a little too far north?
That'd suit me fine, I'm less than 30 miles away. And probably by the
time you did that I would have sorted out membership.
To help with the selection of dates for the AGM and OKCON, a doodle poll has been set up with
dates over the two weekends after easter (to avoid clashing with the easter holiday weekend).
Please choose the dates for you which think would be the best for you. The date with the highest
votes will be selected as the date for the agm and conference (pending on venue availability).
Doodle poll: http://doodle.com/ee8zhxnxgiv6xh5i
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Sunday September 27, 2009 from 11:00am - 4:00pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
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Sunday 27 September
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2009/9/25 Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com>:
>David Gerard wrote:
>>It's REALLY EASY for a charity to end up with boxes of T-shirts under the bed.
> I second that!
I've only just realised that I missed my chance to say "been there,
got the hundred T-shirts" there.
They were really awful T-shirts too. Terrible design, terrible
quality. I think most of them ended up as hair dye shirts.
With only about 30 members the UK chapter is at a very early stage
with a limited internal market. If you had 3,000 members you could get
some economy of scale and order say 100 T shirts, but with a market of
30 you can expect the price per item to be exorbitant. Producing
ties, mousemats, cufflinks and presumably monogrammed bathrobes for
the minority of those 30 who want such things is at best a distraction
and at worst a drain on resources. Not least because selling stuff at
cost means you have to invest the capital to buy the stuff hoping that
if you sell all of them at full price you will recover your capital.
That ties up capital and sooner or later you will make a loss when you
discover that fewer than ten of your thirty members want a mousemat.
As for recruiting new members, perhaps you would. But you are also
putting off prospective members like myself who would not join an
organisation that is setting itself up to fail.
2009/9/14 Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com>:
> At 23:40 +0100 13/9/09, Andrew Turvey wrote:
>>Hopefully it will be the kind of perk that will attract people who
>>are already active in the projects to become members. As to selling
>>at above cost, the Foundation wasn't too keen on that - worried that
>>we would develop into some kind of commercial arm of the Foundation,
>>which is not really their idea of the role of chapters.
> Run that by me, one more time?
> Why then seek to gain a tax advantage?
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