[Foundation-l] Fundraising season launch

Erik Moeller erik at wikimedia.org
Wed Oct 11 06:00:25 UTC 2006

On 10/10/06, daniwo59 at aol.com <daniwo59 at aol.com> wrote:
> Will the money go to chapters or to the Foundation? Can the chapters
> transfer money to the foundation if needed?

This is a big open question. As I understand it, the current arrangement is:
1) Most money goes directly to WMF.
2) Chapters act as local fundraising agents, e.g. in Germany, where
many people don't have credit cards, a bank transfer directly to the
German chapter can be made. Some individuals might also choose to
support a chapter instead of the WMF for other reasons.
3) Some or all of the money raised through 2) (is supposed to) go back
to the WMF.

Is this correct? What is the precise status on 3)? My view is that
chapters should retain a substantial amount of donations for local
projects and infrastructure. How do we decide that amount? What is the
best strategy for transferring funds to the WMF -- could royalties for
the trademark/logo work?

> How will funds donated be processed? Who will process them? How will we
> recognize donors, both by what is required by law and by what is simply a nice
> way to recognize them? This is an enormous amount of work.

These are specifics that are best worked out with the FundCom at a
dedicated meeting that should take place very soon.
Peace & Love,

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