[Wikimedia-l] Board approval of FDC's 2013-14 Round 1 recommendations

Bishakha Datta bishakhadatta at gmail.com
Tue Dec 31 19:23:15 UTC 2013

Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

As you know, on 24 November, 2013, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
made its Round 1 funding recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees. [1]

Eleven proposals were submitted in this round, with requests for funds
totaling US$5.9 million. Out of its 2013-2014 annual budget of US$6
million, the FDC recommended allocations totaling US$4,432,000 to these
eleven movement entities, leaving US$1,568,000 for Round 2.

Two entities appealed to the Board about the recommendations of the FDC.
The Board has carefully considered all of the points raised in the appeal,
and invited the Ombudsperson to comment as well. After reviewing all of the
information, the Board decided not to override the recommendations of the
FDC, and has responded to the appeals in more depth. [2]

I am pleased to share with you the news that the Board of Trustees has made
the decision to approve the FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding recommendations
in full. [3] These funding recommendations will now be implemented by the

We would like to thank the Round 1 applicants themselves, the Funds
Dissemination Committee members and staff, the ombudsperson, and the
members of the community who participated in the community review  period.

Again, we thank you all for your dedication and commitment to this funding


Patricio Lorente and Bishakha Datta, Board Representatives to the FDC




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