Hi Fae,

The WMF publishes financial numbers twice  a year. The last are the nummers
until december 2016
The next fill be the financial report for the year ending today. That
report is expected in October.

I'm glad Katherine asked forumdiscussie the board approved funding for
developing a long term strategy in a very inclusive process.

The content of the process is open and transparant.

You have some experience with a chapter at rough times. Would you be
available for governance review of WMFr?



Op 30 jun. 2017 15:16 schreef "Fæ" <fae...@gmail.com>:

> Could an unpaid volunteer who is not a WMF employee, or contractor, or
> consultant, please have a go at answering my polite request for links
> to "monthly or quarterly financial reports" from a few days ago,
> below? I don't think this needs any time from employees to confirm
> whether published versions exist or don't exist, and I don't want to
> be publicly shamed for asking a question.[1]
> I have searched through the WMF web pages with regard to the 2017
> movement strategy,[2] but have yet to find any references or evidence
> that there are regular reports of when or how the budgeted $2.5
> million is being spent. Considering the large size of this project,
> and especially the significant sums of money going to consultants, I
> am sure everyone can appreciate there is bound to be interest from the
> wider community in the progress of the spend and any unplanned spend.
> I would expect that the strategy project has regular monthly tracked
> spending reports, certainly I would find it hard to believe that the
> WMF CEO and CFO do not require that level of tracking and reporting.
> If nothing is published, then that would be a jolly good thing for our
> movement to push for improved /public/ governance of $1m+ projects,
> especially those with large sums going to consultants chosen using
> non-open bid procedures, to deliver better transparency in line with
> our movement values. The cost of this improvement would be zero. There
> can be no doubt that summary reports already exist and there is
> unlikely to be any reason for secrecy that would convince the
> community that when spending very large sums of donated money, we can
> be ethically transparent and accountable, but be unable to answer
> these simple questions publicly.
> Should the WMF CEO feel that publishing monthly or quarterly reports
> on $1m+ projects is a pointless burden, then perhaps the CEO and WMF
> board could agree at what level of spend there should be better
> transparency, perhaps any identifiable programme spending more than
> $2m?
> Raising as a separate thread, as we have probably drifted away from
> Pine's original question and intent.[3]
> Links:
> 1. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087910.html
> Statement from Greg and Anna.
> 2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017
> Strategy pages on Meta.
> 3. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-June/087854.html
> Pine's question.
> Thanks,
> Fae
> On 27 June 2017 at 12:31, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 27 June 2017 at 04:33, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> > ...
> >>> * How much is this timeline extension projected to cost, and from what
> >>> source are the funds being drawn? (Note that this doesn't assume that
> the
> >>> decision was a bad one, but I very much want to know the source of the
> >>> funds and how much is likely to be drawn from it.)
> >>
> >> We've got this covered, Pine. We are fiscally managing this process and
> all
> >> of our contracts well. Thank you for your concern.
> >>
> >>> * Could you also discuss what measures are being taken to control
> costs in
> >>> the strategy process?
> >>>
> >>
> >> We have plenty of measures in place to monitor costs (e.g., we don't
> need
> >> to control them because they are not out of control, we are within our
> >> budget). Also, describing financial metrics at any lower level of detail
> >> would be a waste of the strategy budget since we are within it.
> >>
> >> Always good to hear from you,
> >> /a
> >
> > Anna,
> >
> > I'd love to examine the more detailed monthly or quarterly financial
> > reports that demonstrate your assurance, and can be both examined and
> > understood by volunteers like us. Could you provide a link to them
> > please? No doubt the WMF wrote transparency and accountability right
> > into the contracts, so that being transparent and accountable is not
> > considered a "waste of the strategy budget" but instead is an activity
> > absolutely critical to its success.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Fae
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