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On 30 June 2017 at 17:21, Ad Huikeshoven <ad.huikesho...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Fae,
>
> The WMF publishes financial numbers twice  a year. The last are the nummers
> until december 2016
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/Mid-year_check-in
> 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.

I see the generic numbers and then a mention of the Strategic
direction programme but with no numbers. The "Annual Plan" tells the
volunteer community nothing about how the $2.5m was being spent or is
planned to be spent. Unfortunately the related one objective (one out
of one) says that there will be support, so anything that occurs under
the programme could be stated to do that, regardless of actual quality
or measurable outcome. I don't see how getting an update in June/July
in the same format will help our common understanding of the
programme.

I agree that the content of the programme is open, though that does
not mean that the WMF is making none of its choices behind closed
doors.

Publishing outcomes is not the same thing as offering the community
transparency and accountability for the $2.5m spend.

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

LOL, yes I have an exciting history with governance, true. It's up to
WMFR to decide if they have a governance issue they want to talk
about, and whether inviting independent opinion or assessment from
outside would help.

> Regards,
>
> Ad
>
> 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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