[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Foundation 2008-2009 Annual Plan

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 12:50:25 UTC 2008

You cannot bank on making a substantial saving in the future. When you find
that you do NOT spend money, you are happy as you have more money in the
bank. This is in and of itself a good thing because as it is, the Wikimedia
Foundation could do more seriously good work when it had more serious
amounts of money. There have also beenpeople clamoring for the WMF having
big reserves.. Money that has been cautiously budgetted may not be all used.
This money could go into such reserves..

So really, it is GOOD when there is some conservative bookkeeping because
the budget is based on many unknownables in the first place..


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM, Nemo_bis <nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:

> 1) «Invest in software developers to improve management of volunteer code
> contributions and to execute strategic priorities (e.g., database dump
> production, usability initiatives)» (p. 7).
> 2) «Increased spending on technical infrastructure»; «Additional technical
> staff»; «deferred necessary spending fot reliability, backups  &
> performance; elimination of artificial restrictions on upload file size» (p.
> 13).
> Great (especially devs, reliability, backups  & performance), but why do
> you think that we will not underspend 2 M$ next year, too?
> And how can we nearly decuple «in-kind revenue» and «income from live feed
> deals, trademark deals, etc.» (p. 8)?
> Thanks,
> Nemo
>  -----Messaggio Originale-----
>  Da: Jay Walsh
>  A: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
>  Data invio: martedì 1 luglio 2008 22.23
>  Oggetto: [Foundation-l] Wikimedia Foundation 2008-2009 Annual Plan
>  Hello everyone - this note is cross-posted on the Wikimedia blog at:
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2008/07/01/wikimedia-foundation-2008-2009-annual-plan/
>  Earlier today we uploaded the Wikimedia Foundation's 2008/2009 Annual Plan
>  presentation and Questions and Answers page to the Wikimedia Wiki.  These
>  materials were approved at the June 20 Board of Trustees meeting.  They
> can be
>  accessed via the Finance Report page:
>  http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Finance_report
>  Posting our plan and (hopefully) answering some of your questions in
> advance is
>  part of our commitment to providing transparent information about the
> Foundation's
>  goals and spending.
>  The Annual Plan lays out projected spending through the next fiscal year
> (which
>  for us starts today and runs the rest of the year).  The plan describes
> spending
>  in our three main operational areas: technology, programming, and
> financeand
>  administration.  We also introduce our 2008/2009 organizational goals,
> which we
>  hope to discuss in more detail in the coming months.
>  For your information and awareness!
>  --
>  Jay Walsh
>  Head of Communications
>  WikimediaFoundation.org
>  +1 (415) 839 6885 x 609
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