[Foundation-l] board candidacies

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 19:07:27 UTC 2006

On 8/11/06, Anthere <anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> What would we do if B. Gates Foundation gave us 1 000 000 dollars ?
> (that's a serious question)

Not serious response: race to semi- or fully protect the Bill Gates
Foundation and Bill Gates articles, before the vandals accusing them of
trying to buy Wikipedia could hit?

Serious answer: I have been watching how Bill is donating money; he seems to
be very selective and very engaged in the decision process of who to give
money to, but conversely isn't (that I can recall) generally insisting on
becoming engaged in the management of organizations he is funding.

That is not to minimize the question - if we generalize, if Joe Random
Billionare comes to the WMF with a million dollar donation check and asks
for a board seat in return, it's still a completely valid policy question.
And could well be a realistic problem.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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