[Foundation-l] Grant agreements

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Sat Oct 15 04:17:35 UTC 2011

Oh. I can speak to this, at least a little. The Wikimedia Foundation has a
policy of publishing our grant applications when the grantmaking institution
is okay with it. We don't do a lot of grant applications, and of the ones we
do, I am guesstimating that two-thirds of the grantmakers have said it's
fine with them for us to publish, and about a third have asked us not to.
Some grantmaking institutions are very happy to publish, because they
believe the sector as a whole benefits from transparency about how things
work. (IIRC Hewlett is an example of that.)

I do not know where they get published: I'll ask.

But, some of the grant we receive are unsolicited gifts, in which case there
is no application, and nothing to publish. I think for example that our
recent grant from the Indigo Trust in the UK is an example of that.

I assume, MZ, that you're mostly interested in the Stanton grant, and I
don't remember their position on this issue. I do know they're not
publicity-seeking, and they don't welcome grant applications that they
haven't solicited. So they might be an example of a foundation that doesn't
want its agreements publicized: I don't remember.

We can find out :-)

 On Oct 14, 2011 5:41 PM, "MZMcBride" <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> Philippe Beaudette wrote:
> > Point of clarification (and this is to help someone else answer, because
> i
> > don't know)... MZ, are you talking about grants such as Stanton, where
> the
> > WMF is the recipient, or grants such as to the chapters, where the WMF is
> > the granting partner?
> I was talking about Stanton-type grants. Sorry for the confusion.
> MZMcBride
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