[Wikimedia-l] Board vote on narrowing focus

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 19:36:59 UTC 2012

On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM, Ilario Valdelli <valdelli at gmail.com> wrote:

> Basically there is a weak evaluation costs/benefits. An organization
> spending 30 millions of USD should produce benefits for 30 millions of USD
> and should be evaluated as an organization spending 30 millions of USD. Big
> budget -> stronger evaluation and stronger measures.
> An organization (for instance a small chapter) spending 500K USD should be
> evaluated as an organization spending 500K USD and this organization should
> produce benefits for 500K USD. Small budget -> weak evaluation and flexible
> measures.
> Basically if a small chapter, spending 500K USD, is evaluated using the
> same parameters of WMF, it should spent an additional amount of 500K USD to
> create an organization and a paid staff in order to be able to be evaluated
> at the same level of WMF and to receive the 500K USD for their projects
> (total = 1 million of USD).

This would only make sense to me if the organization spending $500k is
spending its own money. In this case, it's spending money donated to
the WMF; that means it is subject to the level of scrutiny applied to
the WMF, even if that money is spent on its behalf instead of by it.


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