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Board meetings Minutes from 2011-08-28 Questions?

Wikimedia Foundation Board meeting minutes
August 28, 2011 17:00 UTC
Prepared by: Phoebe Ayers, Secretary
Purpose: This was a special meeting called to discuss fundraising models and chapter participation.


Trustees present were:

  • Ting Chen (Chair)
  • Jan-Bart de Vreede (Vice-Chair)
  • Stu West (Treasurer)
  • Phoebe Ayers (Secretary)
  • Matt Halprin
  • Samuel Klein
  • Arne Klempert
  • Bishakha Datta
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Kat Walsh

A quorum was determined, and the meeting was begun at 17:00 UTC by the chair, who presided.


This meeting focused on the topic of future fundraising models and chapter fundraiser participation, following up on the Board letter that was written and sent to the community on August 5, 2011 (Wikimedia_Board_of_Trustees_letter_regarding_fundraising_accountability).

The meeting focused primarily on discussion of long-range planning and future fundraising models.

Long-term fundraising models

It was noted that there have been several different fundraising models proposed for the future, and that to design a better system for the 2012 fundraiser and beyond, a set of criteria are needed to evaluate these proposed models.

The Board agreed to begin a community process to assist in the development of these criteria. Jan-Bart volunteered to lead this process. A first draft of the criteria will be developed publicly in the coming month, and discussed at the Board's October meeting. Fundraising model proposals will be developed and collected, and evaluation of fundraising models according to the criteria will be done at the Board's Winter meeting. A second round of evaluation will be done with the chapters at the Spring Chapters Conference.

2011 fundraising

Fundraising participation for 2011 was also discussed. No binding resolutions on the subject were considered. It was noted that the Wikimedia Foundation and chapters have been discussing this actively for much of this year. The Board agreed that Wikimedia Foundation staff must decide which chapters participate as payment processors in 2011 and what alternatives are available, given existing relationships and the principles laid out in the August 5 letter.

The meeting was adjourned at 18:49 UTC by the chair.