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”

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”

Wikimedia Foundation governance overview

We’ve started a new public mailing list called treasurers@lists.wikimedia.org for discussing and sharing best practices in financial reporting and financial transparency across the Wikimedia movement. The primary intended membership is treasurers, audit committees, and finance staff of movement organizations, but the list is public and anyone interested in financial reporting and transparency is welcome. We’ve got about 15 chapters represented so far, and hope to have more.

One of the things we’re doing to kick things off is outline how each of our organizations is trying to address these issues. See below for a list email I did today with my perspectives on the Wikimedia Foundation’s governance from my position as its Treasurer.

If this kind of detailed and occasionally technical discussion is your kind of thing, please join us. You can subscribe at http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/treasurers.

To begin sharing ideas and best practices, let’s start threads on the governance/accountability/transparency practices at each of our organizations. I’ll go first with my views on the Wikimedia Foundation. A few others Continue reading “Wikimedia Foundation governance overview”

Call for volunteers: 2011-2012 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 members from the broad community, from chapters, and from the Foundation’s Board (including me as Committee Chair). Continue reading “Call for volunteers: 2011-2012 Audit Committee”

Call for volunteers — 2010-2011 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.  The Committee typically serves for one year, roughly from July through the late Spring when the Foundation files its annual tax return in the U.S.  This past year the committee included members from the broad community, from chapters, and from the Foundation’s Board (including me as Committee Chair).

Continue reading “Call for volunteers — 2010-2011 Audit Committee”