The Wikimedia Foundation has an Audit Committee which represents the Board in oversight of financial and accounting issues, including planning, reporting, audits, and internal controls (see foundation wiki Audit Committee page for details). The Committee serves for one year, from July through the late spring when the Foundation files its annual tax return in the U.S. This past year the committee included representatives both from the Foundation’s board and from across the Wikimedia movement. I currently serve as the Committee Chair.
We’re now forming the 2013-2014 Audit Committee and would like to call for volunteers from the community. The time commitment is modest: review the Foundation’s financial practices and financial statements/filings, and then join three or four conference calls during the year with the staff and our independent auditors at KPMG (see the Audit Committee charter for full duties). The primary requirement is “financial literacy”, some experience with finance, accounting or audit. As it is a governance and oversight role, Committee members cannot serve under a pseudonym.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please email me at stu at wikimedia.org with your resume/CV and your thoughts on how you think you could contribute. Thank you.