Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report just published

2016-11-21 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi Chris and Lodewijk,

I was asked to follow up here on the questions from October about
country-by-country fundraising data.

We make fundraising decisions, including decisions about what information
we release, based in part on our internal legal assessments in the country.
We don't go into our legal assessments publicly, as it may make it
difficult to keep legal risks and costs low.

We strive to be as open about our fundraising activities as we can.
Compared to nonprofit industry standards, we release more information than
other non-profits tend to, including continent-level breakdowns of
donations, information about revenue channels and testing, and reports from
our fundraising research:

- https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_Fundraising_Report

- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_
Reader_Survey_November_2015.pdf

I’m sorry that we can’t give more satisfying answers to your questions, but
in this case we have determined that publishing the requested information
would not be in the best interest of the Wikimedia movement or Foundation.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Agenda for the December 9, 2015 Board Meeting

2015-12-07 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Thanks. Let's keep an eye on the Wikimedia-l thread and Meta Wiki page to
see if there are any comments over the next few days.

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] July 2015 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-09-22 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

We have posted the minutes from the Board of Trustees meeting at Wikimania
on July 15-16, 2015, which you can find here:

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2015-07-15

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] July 2015 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-09-22 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi Itzik,

There isn't a public version of the presentation, other than the summary in
the minutes.

Best,
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> Thank you Stephen,
>
> Is Lila's presentation is available online?
>
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> > Hi all,
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Agenda for the September 14, 2015 Board Meeting

2015-09-14 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

The agenda for the next Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting is
now available on Meta Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Board_meetings/2015-09-14

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising in the Netherlands, in Europe

2015-08-26 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi Pine and Gerard,

We can investigate our registration options, and I'll discuss with Lisa. If
you have a specific registration that you recommend, please send them to me
directly.

Thanks,
Stephen

On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 2:33 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Pinging Lisa about this email.

 Thanks,
 Pine
 On Aug 23, 2015 5:36 AM, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  The Wikimedia Foundation is an ANBI registered charity [1]. It means
 that
  Dutch people may deduct their gift from their income.
 
  In the Netherlands there is much more to tax deductibility, making it
  easier to deduct money for taxes even more and increasing the amount of
  money that may be had by the WMF..
 
  At the time when the WMF itself became registered as such, it was clear
  that it is possible to make it an European charity and by consequence
 make
  gifts in the whole of the European community tax deductible.
 
  I have in the past reached out to the WMF about this topic. I did not get
  any reply. It is certain that the process can be optimised for the donors
  and for the WMF in a meaningful way.
 
  PS I am professionally involved in raising funds for charities in the
  Netherlands. Ie I am not clueless.
 
  Thanks,
GerardM
 
  [1]
 
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Tax_Deductibility/en#.C2.A0Netherlands
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[Wikimedia-l] Bylaw proposal on term limits

2015-06-22 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering an amendment to
the Bylaws to add term limits and adjust the term lengths. You can see the
proposed change here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/June_2015_-_Term_Limits

Please share your comments on the talk page. The proposal will be available
for two weeks before the Board votes on the amendment.

Best,
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] December 2014 and January 2015 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-03-03 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

I have posted the minutes from the Board of Trustees meetings on December
22, 2014 and January 12, 2015, which you can find here:

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-12-22
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2015-01-12

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[Wikimedia-l] November 21, 2014 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2015-01-16 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

At the request of the Board of Trustees, I have posted the minutes of the
November 21, 2014 meeting in San Francisco, which you can find here:
*https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-11-21*

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [AffCom] Quarterly goals for WMF Legal

2014-10-12 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello Pine,

Although we cannot commit to a systematic 14-day response time for all
inquiries, I do think that would be reasonable for routine inquiries,
depending on the amount of collaboration outside of the legal department.
As mentioned, AffCom is independent from the legal department, so I cannot
make a commitment for them, but AffCom has made a few recent changes that
aim to improve the process for user groups overall. I think that the legal
team does respond well within 14 days for the vast majority of inquiries
that we receive, and we will reemphasize the importance of this point with
our attorneys at our next biweekly legal meeting.

The legal team does not publish our quarterly goals because we do not want
to show our strategy to adverse parties, such as cases where we litigate to
defend WMF or to support the defense of users. That said, our public goals
are linked to standard ongoing workflows, much of which you can find in the
WMF's FDC proposal (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikimedia_Foundation/Proposal_form/Ongoing_work_areas#Legal
).

Best,
Stephen

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 Hi Nemo, Cascadia Wikimedians' current discussions with Affcom and WMF
 Legal are about some wording on the Affiliation Agreement document. We have
 not discussed becoming a chapter in any great detail, and as you note the
 WMF Board created a longevity requirement. We have had informal meetings in
 Cascadia for such a long time that I wonder if the WMF Board would consider
 a waiver in our case, but so far I think being a user group will be
 adequate for our needs in the near future.

 Hi Asaf, thanks for the info. I have previously heard comments from other
 affiliates about Affcom taking a long time to make decisions, but until now
 investigating that has been low on my priority stack.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly goals for WMF Legal

2014-10-09 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello Pine,

I am happy to speak with you specifically about turn-around time, so that
we get your question resolved quickly and find solutions that may improve
the process for others.

Overall, we try to be quite responsive. In cases that do take time, it is
likely because there are unusual circumstances that require background work
or internal and community coordination, and we may need to triage and
prioritize appropriately given our resources and other factors. I am not
sure that a 14-day turn around timeline makes sense for all cases. In
legal, we handle a range of other portfolios with a high level of
complexity, so this would result in some variance. Sometimes our responses
may take longer than we like, but I think our turn around time is often
much shorter than 14 days for most standard questions. Movement role
questions often require time for coordination with various stakeholders
internally and externally, and that may add to the response time as well.

As I say, please feel free to email me, and we will try to expedite a
response to your specific question.

Best,
Stephen

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 Dear Geoff,

 In light of the above discussion about quarterly reviews on Wikimedia-l,
 can we find a set of quarterly goals for Legal somewhere?

 In particular I personally feel that the following would be helpful as
 goals for Legal this quarter:

 * Establishing timeline commitments for Affcom to respond to requests for
 approvals or for Affcom to ask new questions about a requested approval.
 Having approval requests stay open for weeks with no communication from
 Affcom creates challenges for thematic orgs which are working on our own
 timelines that may have dependencies on Affcom action. I have experienced
 this myself and have heard about similar issues happening with other
 requests. I suggest that Affcom have a commitment that all inquiries will
 recieve substantive responses within 14 days of the date of the inquiry, or
 otherwise Legal will take over the handling of the inquiry so that progress
 of thorgs can continue in a timely manner.

 * Similarly, establishing timeline commitments for Legal to respond to
 community and thematic org inquiries. I have experiened lengthy  delays on
 more than one occasion about what I feel are simple questions. I feel that
 a commitment that Legal will respond substantively to inquiries within 14
 days would be helpful, and would appreciated by the community and thematic
 orgs.

 Thanks very much.

 Regards,

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Disclosure amendment to the Terms of Use

2014-06-16 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hi all,

We would like to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
has approved an amendment to Section 4 of the Terms of Use to require
disclosure of paid editing. This follows the extensive discussion of the
amendment
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment
on meta in February and March, which resulted in 320,000 words of
discussion in various languages. At the Board's meeting in April, they
reviewed issues raised in this discussion, and approved the proposed
amendment. This amendment is added to the Terms of Use effective
immediately.

The new section can be found here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Terms_of_Use#4._Refraining_from_Certain_Activities

For more information, please see the following links:

* A letter from the Board:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_letter_on_paid_contributions_without_disclosure

* A blog post summarizing the change and explaining the process:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/06/16/change-terms-of-use-requirements-for-disclosure/


* An FAQ explaining the amendment:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/FAQ_on_paid_contributions_without_disclosure

* You can leave comments on the Terms of Use on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees: Minutes of April 2014 meeting

2014-06-16 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

We have published the minutes from the Board's April 2014 meeting in San
Francisco, which you may find here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-04-25

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees: Minutes of January 2014 meeting

2014-04-21 Thread Stephen LaPorte
At the request of the WMF Board of Trustees, I am posting the minutes of
the January 31 - February 1, 2014 meeting, which you may find here:

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-01-31

Best,

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Optional changes to the Terms of Use amendment on undisclosed paid edits

2014-03-13 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello,

In response to some community comments on the proposed amendment to the
Terms of Use on undisclosed paid edits, the WMF's LCA team has suggested
two optional changes to the scope of the amendment. The aim is to address
concerns regarding reactions against editors who are suspected of violating
the disclosure requirements, and protecting good-faith contributors (such
as professors, students, and Wikipedians in Residence). These options are
not mutually exclusive - both of them, either, or neither could be adopted,
depending on your input.

These new options are available in English, Spanish, French, German,
Italian, and other languages.

Please review these options on the Terms of Use amendment page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment#Optional_changes

And please share comments or feedback in this discussion page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment#Discussion_for_Optional_Changes

Many thanks for everyone's participation in the ongoing discussion on the
Terms of Use amendment.

Best,
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Proposed amendment to the Wikimedia Terms of Use

2014-02-19 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

We are asking for community input on a proposed amendment to the Wikimedia
Terms of Use regarding undisclosed paid editing. The amendment is currently
available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese, and
we welcome further translations and discussion in any language.

For your review, you may find the proposed amendment and background
information here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment

Please join the discussion on the talk page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement for the police about the fundraising?

2014-02-07 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

We are handling this issue, and we are contacting the authorities to
resolve their questions.

If you receive any official inquires about fundraising on Finnish
Wikipedia, please direct them to the Wikimedia Foundation legal team, to me
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees minutes from the San Francisco meeting

2014-01-28 Thread Stephen LaPorte
At the request of the Chair of the WMF Board of Trustees, we published
the minutes of the November 2013 Board Meeting in San Francisco, which you
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Do you want to buy sreenshot of main Wikipedia page?

2013-09-19 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello Tomasz and Mike,

You can report trademark misuse to the legal team directly at: 
legal-tm-...@wikimedia.org.

Thanks,
Stephen


On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM, Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net wrote:

 It's not the only image they have that includes the Wikipedia logo:
 http://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/wikipedia.html

 Thanks,
 Mike

 On 19 Sep 2013, at 21:50, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:

  Hi,
 
  Do you want to buy a sreenshot of main Wikipedia page? If so, you can
 here:
 
 
 http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-wikipedia-com-main-page-internet-screen-image16041321#_
 
  But seriously - around 50 people has just bought it. IMHO it is quilte
  obvious abuse of WMF trademark policy and it is also illegal in terms
  of copyright...
 
  --
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  http://pl.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Polimerek
  http://www.ganicz.pl/poli/
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Minutes from the April 18-19, 2013 Board Meeting

2013-05-31 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

The minutes of the WMF Board Meeting on April 18-19, 2013 have been
approved and published:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-04-18

The meeting's agenda included:

* Reports from the Audit Committee and Board Governance Committee
* Approving the resolution on Potential Conflicts of Interest (available
here:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Guidelines_on_potential_conflicts_of_interest
)
* Appointing Bishakha Datta to the Board Governance Committee
* An update on the Annual Plan
* Guidance for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
* The Wikimedia Foundation's participation in the FDC
* Discussing a Strategy Committee proposal
* Discussing guiding principles (available at:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sue_Gardner/Wikimedia_Foundation_Guiding_Principles
)
* Discussing editor retention
* Discussing an update to the bylaws
* Approving a revised Board Governance Committee charter (available here:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Approving_the_revised_Board_Governance_Committee_Charter
)
* Discussing the trustee candidate search
* Discussing the Executive Director transition

Additionally, minutes from the Board Governance Committee's Meeting on
April 17, 2013 are available here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Board_Governance_Committee/Minutes_04-17-2013

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Advocacy Advisory Group open for membership

2013-05-19 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

Are you interested in policy and legislative issues that could affect the
Wikimedia movement? If so, please join the the Advocacy Advisory Group at
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/advocacy_advisors

The Advocacy Advisory Group is an open, public email list that focuses on
legislative advocacy, affiliations, and other related issues. The group
discusses these topics, advises the Wikimedia Foundation on advocacy and
affiliation actions, and shares updates on similar activities by chapters
and other organizations. Additional background is available in the
Foundation's Policy and Political Association Guideline:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal_and_Community_Advocacy/Foundation_Policy_and_Political_Affiliations_Guideline

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board Agenda, April 2013

2013-04-16 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello,

Please find below the WMF Board of Trustees' draft agenda for the upcoming
meetings on April 17, 2013 - April 19, 2013.


== Wednesday, April 17, 2013 ==

'''16:00 - 18:00''' - Governance Committee Meeting

== Thursday, April 18, 2013 ==

'''09:00''' - Greetings and Introductions

'''09:10''' - Committee Reports

* Audit Committee Report
* Governance Committee Report

'''09:45''' - Committee Reporting Guidelines

'''10:00''' - Open Resolutions

* Resolution on guidelines on potential conflicts of interest
* Resolution on recognition of Wikimedia Armenia
* Resolution on the Board Governance Committee Charter
* Resolution appointing another trustee to the Board Governance Committee

'''10:15''' - Annual Plan Update

'''11:00''' - FDC Year Two Guidance

'''12:00''' - Lunch

'''13:00''' - WMF and FDC

'''13:45''' - Strategy Committee Proposal

'''13:30''' - Guiding Principles for the Wikimedia Foundation

== Friday, April 19, 2013 ==

'''09:00''' - Editor Retention

'''10:00''' - Transition Team Update

'''12:00''' - Lunch

'''13:30''' - Trustee Candidates

'''14:30''' - Executive Session

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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Board Agenda, April 2013

2013-04-15 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello,

Please find below the WMF Board of Trustees' draft agenda for the upcoming
meetings on April 17, 2013 - April 19, 2013.


== Wednesday, April 17, 2013 ==

'''16:00 - 18:00''' - Governance Committee Meeting

== Thursday, April 18, 2013 ==

'''09:00''' - Greetings and Introductions

'''09:10''' - Committee Reports

* Audit Committee Report
* Governance Committee Report

'''09:45''' - Committee Reporting Guidelines

'''10:00''' - Open Resolutions

* Resolution on guidelines on potential conflicts of interest
* Resolution on recognition of Wikimedia Armenia
* Resolution on the Board Governance Committee Charter
* Resolution appointing another trustee to the Board Governance Committee

'''10:15''' - Annual Plan Update

'''11:00''' - FDC Year Two Guidance

'''12:00''' - Lunch

'''13:00''' - WMF and FDC

'''13:45''' - Strategy Committee Proposal

'''13:30''' - Guiding Principles for the Wikimedia Foundation

== Friday, April 19, 2013 ==

'''09:00''' - Editor Retention

'''10:00''' - Transition Team Update

'''12:00''' - Lunch

'''13:30''' - Trustee Candidates

'''14:30''' - Executive Session

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Stephen LaPorte
On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

 Where is the mythical award photo of which you speak?  SJ


Mythical award photo:
https://twitter.com/thekulway/status/311636200979054592


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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Minutes from the February 1-2, 2013 Board Meeting

2013-03-07 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello everyone,

The minutes of the WMF Board Meeting on February 1-2, 2013 have been
ratified and published here:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-02-01

The meeting's agenda included:

* Housekeeping
** Amendment to the Affiliations Committee Charter
** Pledge of Personal Commitment
** Managing Duty of Loyalty
** Governance Committee report
* Presentation on 2012-13 Year-to-Date and Planning for 2013-14
* Legal presentation
* Term limits
* Feedback on 2012-13 year-to-Date and Planning for 2013-14
* Update on the search for a new Trustee candidate
* The Affiliations Committee and the Chapters Association
* Advisory Board
* Comments from Doron Weber
* Letter to the Chapters Association
* Executive session

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[Wikimedia-l] Minutes of the December 1, 2012, WMF Board meeting

2013-01-08 Thread Stephen LaPorte
Hello all,

The minutes of the WMF Board meeting on December 1, 2012, have been
ratified and published here:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2012-12-01

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Policy and Political Affiliations Guideline

2012-08-03 Thread Stephen LaPorte
On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:
 My question, more directly, is: if the SOPA action from January 2012
 were held in August 2012 (following the implementation of this new statement
 from the General Counsel's office), would it be considered a community
 initiative or not?

The community's decision to blackout a project would not be within
this guideline, but any additional WMF resources would require legal
and financial review. There are strict laws in the U.S. that limit
when a non-profit organization may engage in political and legislative
activity, and it is the General Counsel and CFA's duty to ensure that
the WMF complies with those laws. The community has procedures for
determining consensus for action, and most of the time the community
can implement that action without any additional resources from the
WMF.

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