Wikimedia Foundation’s 2014-2015 Audit Committee is looking for community volunteers

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. Continue reading “Wikimedia Foundation’s 2014-2015 Audit Committee is looking for community volunteers”

Call for volunteers: 2013-2014 Audit Committee

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. Continue reading “Call for volunteers: 2013-2014 Audit Committee”

Call for volunteers: 2012-2013 Audit Committee

As many of you know, 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 from the broad community, from chapters, and from the Foundation’s Board (including me as Committee Chair). Continue reading “Call for volunteers: 2012-2013 Audit Committee”

Why I supported the Board letter on fundraising

The Wikimedia Board just published a letter to the community following-up on our ongoing discussion around fundraising and funds dissemination. As the Wikimedia Foundation Board’s Treasurer, its Audit Committee Chair, and its Trustee most responsible for oversight of financial matters, I think it’s appropriate that I share some of my personal views which led me to support the letter.

This is a difficult, complicated issue. But, how our movement focuses volunteer time and donor dollars is incredibly important. To help form my views on the issue, I’ve read hundreds of pages on meta, closely followed the statements made by Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia UK, Amical Viquipèdia, Continue reading “Why I supported the Board letter on fundraising”

Visitors at WMF Audit Committee meetings

One idea we’ve had on the Wikimedia Foundation Audit Committee is to put in place a visitor program.  We think it could be a good way to drive additional transparency, and also to help share some useful practices with other movement organizations.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 14 February from 1:30-3:00 pacific time.  The primary agenda item is the review a draft of our annual public disclosure filing with U.S. tax authorities.  If that sort of thing interests you,  Continue reading “Visitors at WMF Audit Committee meetings”

Stronger than ever

Today, together, the Wikimedia community did a really powerful thing. We raised an incredible amount of awareness about an issue critical to achieving our vision.

More importantly, we demonstrated once again the power of our community model. The thousands of you who participated in the community RfC. The volunteer administrators who Continue reading “Stronger than ever”

How many will be affected by #WikipediaBlackout? 100+ million.

The #WikipediaBlackout just started. One question that keeps coming up is, “How many people will it affect?” Let’s put on our stat-nerd hat and build a reasonable estimate.

First off, if we want to put this in human terms, we need to think about people and not Page Views or one of the other metrics out there. One source for that is comScore, which has released fairly recent global data for November 2011 based on its panel of 2 million internet users.

Since the blackout itself is only on English Wikipedia, let’s start there. comScore estimates that each month 236 million people (or “Unique Visitors”) come to the English Wikipedia globally from a browser on a computer. Continue reading “How many will be affected by #WikipediaBlackout? 100+ million.”