[Foundation-l] Resignation as CFO

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Mon Aug 28 18:39:20 UTC 2006

On 8/27/06, Daniel Mayer <maveric149 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> In July 2004 I was appointed to the official position of Chief Financial
> Officer of the Wikimedia
> Foundation. The expectation, backed up by repeated calls from myself, was
> that I would be replaced
> by a relevantly trained paid professional when the needs of the foundation
> became greater than
> what I, as a part time volunteer, could provide.
> During my tenure, I have helped with bookkeeping, budgeting, financial
> reporting, and with
> fundraising. I am most proud of my work coordinating several fundraisers
> that together brought in
> nearly a million dollars for the foundation. I am least proud of the last
> nine months, a time when
> the board repeatedly failed to meet to discuss proposed budgets I
> submitted to them or to give me
> direction on what we could or could not publish to the community in
> regards to spending.
> Last week, the board informed me that a selection process has been
> initiated to hire a paid
> professional to help run the foundation's finances from the Wikimedia
> office in Saint Petersburg,
> Florida, USA. At the same time, the board informed me that they approved
> the membership of a
> fundraising committee. I will be serving on that committee.
> I therefore resign as Chief Financial Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation
> but will continue to
> help where needed during the transition process.
> It truly amazes me how long we, as an organization that runs one of the
> top sites on the Internet,
> can go on volunteer time alone. So it is both a sad and happy day for me
> as I prepare to hand the
> baton to a paid professional.
> Yours in the wikiway,
> Daniel Mayer,
> Wikipedian
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Thank you for all of your efforts and contributions.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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