Thanks for the update. I've drafted some questions and comments about the
new version. The updated plan is located on Foundation Wiki; can it be
copied to Meta where it's more accessible to the community for discussion?

Thanks, Pine


On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 7:09 PM, Lila Tretikov <> wrote:

> All,
> I want to provide an update on the Annual Plan. I’m happy to let you know
> that the Board of Trustees has approved the proposed 2015-­16 Wikimedia
> Foundation annual plan. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to
> incorporate your feedback and review with the Board.
> The approved plan includes $68.2 million in revenue, with $65 million of
> spending and $3.2 million for the reserve. In addition, we will raise $5
> million for our endowment, which will help secure long-term support for our
> mission. In total, this accounts for a 17% growth in total budget. The plan
> also includes a stretch goal of exceeding the fundraising target by 20% to
> contribute additional funds to the reserve. The approved and updated plan
> is now available here
> <>.
> In our last Metrics Meeting, I presented an emerging strategy for the
> Wikimedia Foundation that focused on building a strong core in the
> near-term, allowing for innovation in the long-term toward our mission of
> ubiquitous shared knowledge. Strengthening our core has been our focus over
> this past year. We published the Call to Action
> <
> >,
> which refocused us on community and technology, introducing new thinking
> and skills to the WMF, and improved products for the world.
> We have made significant changes this past year that are showing early
> results. But this is just a start.  The world is changing rapidly in areas
> like mobile, user behavior, media formats, and access to knowledge. In
> order to make free knowledge available for generations to come, we need to
> continually improve our work and challenge our thinking. The Annual Plan
> for this year is focused on building our capabilities as a springboard for
> future innovation.
> In this year’s plan, budget adjustments are designed to fill in the gaps in
> current user needs, in particular in the areas of community (including
> affiliates and partners), technology, and communication. The plan builds on
> the foundational work from this past year, when we set up team structures
> and introduced new focus to align our organization with communities and
> demands for knowledge. For the first time, this year’s plan also introduces
> a Quarterly Metrics Scorecard to track our progress on delivering on our
> commitments. We will use both top-level and departmental metrics to measure
> our progress and report back.
> I also want to acknowledge some of the issues with this year’s Annual Plan
> process. We shared the first draft with you late, giving you limited time
> to provide feedback. We introduced a new, lighter weight format in the
> first iteration that left some of you with questions about proposed
> changes. This final, approved version has been updated to clarify our
> rationale, incorporate the feedback we did receive, link our plans to
> success metrics, and orient the next year within a broader strategy. As
> always, we continue to iterate toward a better process. Going forward we
> plan to have an extended window for your review and comments so we can
> refine our plan with your valuable feedback in mind.
> Thank you. I look forward to working together as we continue to strengthen
> our core capabilities to support our mission and prepare for our emerging
> strategy.
> ~~~Lila
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