Minutes/2014-10

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October 24, 2014

  • Location: San Francisco and web conference
  • Board of Trustees Present: Jan-Bart de Vreede (Board Chair), Patricio Lorente (Vice-Chair), Phoebe Ayers (joined during the meeting), Frieda Brioschi (joined during the meeting), Sam Klein (joined during the meeting), Maria Sefidari, Jimmy Wales, Stu West, and Alice Wiegand
  • Non-Board members present: Lila Tretikov (Executive Director), Geoff Brigham (Secretary and General Counsel), Stephen LaPorte (Legal Counsel)

After sending proper notice on October 17, Jan-Bart called to order a special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 18:10 UTC. Stu, Lila, Geoff, and Stephen were present in San Francisco, and Jan-Bart, Patricio, Maria, Jimmy, and Alice joined remotely via web conference (Google Hangout). Geoff confirmed that a quorum was present and able to simultaneously hear the meeting. During the course of the meeting, additional members of the Board joined the meeting via phone and web conference.

Funds Dissemination Committee Recommendation

Lila presented a draft copy of her recommendation on the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), which had been shared and discussed online earlier in the week. Under the FDC Framework, Lila made her recommendation to the Board, including comments on the recommendation from the FDC Advisory Group.

Lila's recommendation aimed to adjust the FDC process to improve the experience for grant applicants, focus grant allocations on strategic and successful programs, and ensure that funds are available for potential growth opportunities in the Global South.

Board members discussed the recommendation and the FDC's direction, including the importance of funding experimentation as a portion of grants, reducing the overhead to request and receive a grant, and addressing the disparity between activities funded in the Global North and those funded in the Global South.

Lila's recommendation remained available for additional input from the Board following the meeting before her finalization of the recommendation.

The meeting concluded at 19:00 UTC.