Apologies for our delay in this response. In addition to the holiday weekend, 
questions related to HR issues require extra care and verification on our part. 
But again, I do want to apologize for that process taking all week.

Regarding Lodewijk's questions about Sue's special advisor role, including the 
timeline and how compensation was set, Sue served as a special advisor until 
May 31, 2016. Her pay included compensation for her extended role during the ED 
transition, and to match market rates for a role of this nature in 
organizations of similar size to the Wikimedia Foundation. Our Board Chair, 
Patricio Lorente, gave a response to the Signpost that provides more 

John asked about filing and other fees paid by Jones Day, and if the fees were 
separate from consulting costs. Unfortunately, we don’t have an easy, quick way 
to divide the Jones Day expenses into registration fees and legal fees, but we 
can provide more information about where the costs came from. Each trademark 
application costs about $1,000–5,000 (sometimes more), including filing fees 
and attorney’s fees. The cost for each application depends on the country’s 
application fees, the country’s administrative hurdles, the breadth of 
protection we are seeking, whether we can reuse materials prepared for previous 
applications, and whether we encounter resistance from trademark offices or 
other trademark holders. 

Finally, regarding John's question about non-program service investment in 
Europe (page 35), this represents our foreign currency bank accounts with JP 
Morgan in the UK. The purpose of this holding is to retain donations received 
in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD in their original currency to minimize currency 
exchange risks.

I hope that clarifies the remaining questions, and again, thank you for your 
questions and feedback both on this list and elsewhere.

-Gregory Varnum
Wikimedia Foundation


> On May 31, 2016, at 12:01 PM, Greg Varnum <> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I just wanted to verify that we will be sending out answers to these 
> additional questions. This past weekend was a holiday in the United States, 
> and so we have not yet finished gathering the information to give accurate 
> response.
> Thank you for your patience, and please let me know if you have any 
> additional questions.
> Gregory Varnum
> Wikimedia Foundation
>> On May 31, 2016, at 4:16 AM, Lodewijk <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Unfortunately I haven't seen an answer to my questions. Could you please
>> acknowledge the receipt of the question if you're investigating? Or could
>> you just say it is a ridiculous question and that you refuse to answer, if
>> you think so? From the more elaborate answer on the Signpost questions, I
>> understand that the role continues to this day - which makes it probably
>> more relevant.
>> Please don't retreat in silence again.
>> Lodewijk
>> 2016-05-25 14:39 GMT+02:00 Lodewijk <>:
>>> Thanks Greg for the responses.
>>> As for the ED team, that answers part of my question. That Sue was
>>> appointed as special advisor, was indeed public knowledge - but for what
>>> duration was that? And was that a full time position (or anything near full
>>> time), given that her compensation was as high as that of the ED herself?
>>> People suggested that this included compensation for earlier years - was
>>> that the case? That would explain again a bit more.
>>> Also part of the question was why the raise was so steep - was this simply
>>> matching the reality of the current job market, or was there something else
>>> behind it (i.e. a bonus mechanism etc).
>>> It would be great if you could clarify! Thanks!
>>> Lodewijk
>>> 2016-05-25 12:45 GMT+02:00 John Mark Vandenberg <>:
>>>> On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 6:31 AM, Gregory Varnum <>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> Greetings,
>>>>> Thank you to everyone for your questions and thoughts regarding the
>>>> Wikimedia Foundation's Form 990.
>>>>> Regarding Lodewijk's first question about the legal services (totalling
>>>> US$1.7M) which were conducted by Jones Day (page 61 - Part VII): As our
>>>> global reach has grown over time, we felt it was important to strengthen
>>>> the trademark portfolio and solidify the protection of Wikimedia’s marks
>>>> globally. In December 2013, we began working with Jones Day on our global
>>>> trademark filings, registrations, and oppositions. During the 2014-2015
>>>> fiscal year we filed 1,500+ new trademark applications for 35 different
>>>> trademarks in 100+ countries. A significant portion of the legal services
>>>> expenses in 2014-2015 went toward the mandatory government trademark
>>>> application filing fees.
>>>>> These new trademark applications contained expanded coverage and
>>>> revised descriptions to ensure better protection of Wikimedia's marks and
>>>> projects, including countries where readership was growing through targeted
>>>> programs or distribution (such as Wikipedia Zero and mobile readership).
>>>> Going forward, we anticipate (and are beginning to realize) a decrease in
>>>> trademark expenses year over year, now that we have this initial foundation
>>>> is in place. This investment immediately benefits Wikimedia and its
>>>> communities by ensuring that our trademark portfolio reflects the maturity
>>>> and breadth of the Wikimedia movement, and protects us against certain
>>>> forms of infringement or misuse.
>>>> Hi Gregory,
>>>> Just to confirm, the stated US$1.7M stated on page p.61 includes
>>>> filing and other fees paid by Jones Day to relevant government bodies
>>>> around the world?
>>>> If so, any chance you can separate it into such fees paid *through*
>>>> Jones Day, vs the consultation fees of Jones Day.
>>>> You say it was a 'significant portion', but that is very vague
>>>> terminology, meaning very different things to different people; it
>>>> would be nice to have a ball park figure.
>>>> Also there was a USD ~5.2 M investment in Europe listed on p. 35 as
>>>> not being program services.  I didn't see any reference to it in the
>>>> FAQ; apologies if I missed it (It would be lovely if the source
>>>> document was posted on meta for easier navigation, etc.).  Could we
>>>> have a little more info about this line item?
>>>> --
>>>> John Vandenberg
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