[Wikimedia-l] fundraising status?

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Tue Dec 25 05:40:27 UTC 2012


Merry Christmas.

I feel most of your points have already been addressed.
Two quick comments, that others also asked about:

* As Zack noted earlier this month, banners are down until the end-of-year
push.  This has not changed.  "From December 26 to Dec 31 we'll begin
showing banners again to everyone for a final push to the year end goal."

* I was also confused by the slide on reserves in the November monthly
report, and looked into it.  Let me correct a statement I made yesterday:
reserves were projected to be at 6 months of expenses in October, and have
stayed above 6.3 months.

For the first time this year there are two different ways to measure
expenses, thanks to the FDC budget, which allowed the confusion.  For
details, see: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_budget#Reserves


On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman at gmail.com> wrote:

> SJ,
> I have been looking for the commitment you mentioned in Board and
> related records, but I can not find it:
> > We have committed to ending the active banner-driven fundraising once we
> meet our targets.
> Does that commitment take precedence over the unanimous resolution of
> the board of 9 October 2010 that Nemo pointed out at
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Wikimedia_fundraising_principles
> which directs the Executive Director to "implement ... 1) Maximizing
> public support: Fundraising activities in the Wikimedia movement
> should generally be directed at achieving the highest possible overall
> financial support for the Wikimedia movement, in terms of both
> financial totals and the number of individuals making
> contributions...."? If so, could you please share the background and
> Board deliberation records pertaining to it? I am concerned that the
> Foundation is bowing to the wishes of op-ed critiques in the press to
> the exclusion of the Board's unanimous resolutions.
> Again, I would not be so concerned if it were not for the evidence of
> the deception regarding measured fundraising message effectiveness,
> the nearly two million dollars in missing reserve funds, the sharply
> widening ratio between executive and junior staff pay, the high staff
> turnover, late vital projects, insufficient staff for the Education
> Program, employee dissatisfaction and below par compensation reported
> on Glassdoor.com, lack of a meaningfully wide call for community
> consultation or reasonable numbers of community members commenting on
> the recent "narrowing focus" changes, and lack of telepresence options
> for Wikimania attendees. Many of these issues dwarf the ignominious
> events of the Foundation's past, so I hope you, the other trustees,
> and the Foundation leadership will address all of them swiftly.
> Sincerely,
> James Salsman

Samuel Klein          @metasj           w:user:sj          +1 617 529 4266

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