There is an ongoing discussion about this subject in Wikipedia Weekly on
Facebook, and it appears that the matter is not yet closed.

Stephen, could you clarify who "we" is in your last paragraph? I am not
sure that WMF Legal is the entity that should be determining what is "in
the best interest of the Wikimedia movement or Foundation". While WMF Legal
certainly should make recommendations, the final decision about what is
best for WMF should rest with the WMF Board (which I have been pressing for
more transparency in financial matters for quite some time; I believe that
it would be in WMF's best interest to set a good example by being much more
transparent about financial matters in general).

Also, I question whether the decision about what is "in the best interest
of the movement" is WMF's decision to make.


On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:22 AM, 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:
> -
> -
> 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.
> --
> Stephen LaPorte
> Senior Legal Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
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