Patricio Lorente wrote: >We’ve heard your questions and want to address them broadly, as well as >provide more information about the breakdown of Sue’s compensation during >this time.
Thank you for this e-mail. >One point of confusion is for the period this compensation covers. This is >reasonable, this confused even some of us involved in preparing this >response. Although the majority of activities reported on the Form 990 >cover the Foundation’s fiscal year (specifically, the six months between >July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), the IRS requires that details about >compensation for certain highly-paid individuals are for the full calendar >year in which the fiscal year begins or ends. This parenthetical confused me. Six months from July 2014 to June 2015? >(2) Retention bonus to compensate Sue for lost opportunities during the >transition period: $165,000. This is the key piece that I think most people didn't understand or realize. Was this information published anywhere previously (e.g., in the Board minutes)? I wouldn't expect to see an exact amount, of course, but this is a pretty substantial amount of donor money, so I'd expect at least a "we approved a retention bonus for special advisor Sue Gardner"-type notice somewhere, typically on wikimediafoundation.org. >Sue’s special advisor status with the Foundation ended on May 31, 2016, >and she is no longer on contract with the Foundation or receiving any >compensation from it. I can't help but think about the tempestuous past year that the Wikimedia Foundation has had, including issues with Sue's immediate successor. MZMcBride _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>