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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting

  • IRC
  • December 1, 2012, 20:00-21:30 UTC
  • In attendance: Ting Chen, Bishakha Datta, Jan-Bart de Vreede, Matt Halprin, Patricio Lorente, Jimmy Wales, Kat Walsh, Stu West, Alice Wiegand, and Sue Gardner (Wikimedia Foundation's Executive Director). Missing: Samuel Klein.

The purpose of this meeting was discussing the Fall 2012 recommendations of the Funds Dissemination Committee ("FDC").

Jan-Bart called the meeting to order at 20:00 UTC.

Trustees thanked Jan-Bart and Patricio for their participation in the FDC as non-voting members. Jan-Bart was also thanked for participating in the in-person FDC meeting in San Francisco from 28 to 31 October. Noting that the discussions at this meeting were thoughtful and of high quality, Jan-Bart informed trustees that a full evaluation of the first FDC round is in progress.

Trustees then went through the Fall 2012 FDC recommendations from Round One. It was noted that all the chapters that received less than they asked for in this round have agreed with the recommendations.

The discussion focused largely on the FDC's recommendation to allow two chapters to re-apply for funding in Round Two. As per the FDC's rules, entities can only request funds from the FDC once per FDC funding cycle (July - June).[1] It was discussed that this recommendation should be accepted as a procedural exception given that this is the first round of the FDC.

The meeting was adjourned at 21:30 UTC, following which the vote on the FDC Fall 2012 recommendations was held online (in which all trustees participated and voted favorably).


  1. //meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Frequently_asked_questions#multiplerequests