Fundraising committee/2006/Main page

A fundraising committee has been proposed to coordinate fundraisers. Discussion of specific committee proposals started as of late May 2006, and the Board has approved the creation of such a committee (see Wikimedia:Resolution Fundraising committee). It is intended that this group will coordinate a 2006 Foundation fund drive and future fund drives. Daniel Mayer has been tasked with forming this committee.

During 2006, the first year of the committee, its role has evolved, whilst the organisation of Wikimedia Foundation evolved as well. Early 2007, the goal of the committee is to brainstorm/discuss fundraising possibilities. The result of the brainstorm should be helping the board to define a fundraising strategy. Later in the year, the role of the committee will be to help implement the strategy defined by the board.

Fundraising committee/2006/Welcome letter

FundCom IRC channel


News about the committeeEdit

  • The board has approved the initial membership of the committee. See wikimedia:Resolution fundraising committee/membership --Daniel Mayer 01:55, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
  • The board will not be able to get to this until Wikimania. --Daniel Mayer 17:30, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
  • The board is reviewing the below list and will be making a decision soon. --Daniel Mayer 13:35, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I'm now waiting for drafted people to accept or decline. --Daniel Mayer 14:25, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I reported to board and asked for more time - spent the last weekend on the Euro accounting and did not have any time to get things rolling here (part of the reason we need a fundcom - I don't scale). I will work a bit on this each day after work and will make a major effort this weekend if time permits. --Daniel Mayer 00:10, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Other related newsEdit

  • "On August 17, 2006, US President George W. Bush signed the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The new law contains numerous changes to the tax law provisions affecting tax-exempt organizations." [1] Most relevantly, the Act requires donors of any amount of money to maintain "a canceled check, bank record or receipt from the donee organization showing the name of the donee organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution." Previously this was only required for donations of more than $250.


  1. Provide ideas on improving Fundraising committee/2006/Fundraising CORE
  2. Set roles of advisors and consultants (member tasks) and appoint individuals See Fundraising committee/2006/Motions and Fundraising committee/2006/Motions/Draft
  3. Draft proposed Fundraising committee/2006/Delegations and submit to the board for ratification (member, advisor and consultant task)
  4. Develop Fundraising committee/2006/Next steps (what needs to be done to set-up the committee)
  5. Meet to discuss everything Fundraising committee/2006/Meetings (input your availability to meet)
  6. Work on the Fundraising committee/2006/Fundraising procedure
  7. Design Fundraising committee/Evaluations
  8. Work on Fundraising committee/2006/Merch ideas (all welcome)
  9. Work on Fundraising committee/2006/Design tasks
  10. Create ideas for a Fundraising committee/2006/Fundraising appeal


Members, advisors and consultantsEdit

Members will need to be approved of by the board but advisors and consultants will be approved of by members once the first six have been selected. Quorums for meetings will be the presence of three members. Everybody else will only have the title of volunteer. There may or may not be official recognition of volunteers who do a lot of work over extended periods (likely, they will be voted-in as Advisors if they help-out a lot).

Initial members (ratified by the board)

Full voting privileges (in the legal sense) and eligible to directly modify the CafePress shop, have access to the read-only PayPal account, to internal wiki and mailing list, and ability to respond to the more sensitive email sent to the donation queue in ORTS. Whether or not particular members will have any particular access will depend on a second level of selection (for example, a maximum of three members from each committee can have access to internal wiki). Use real names policy in effect for all members. Inactive members will be expeditiously removed and replaced per vote of active members and subsequent confirmation by the board. Members have an obligation to attend all meetings except in cases of a scheduling conflict or extenuating circumstances.

Advisors (need to be ratified by members)

Role definition and list of proposed advisors being worked on at /Motions/Draft

Consultants (need to be ratified by members)

Role definition and list of proposed consultants being worked on at /Motions/Draft


Volunteers are self-selected and ever-changing group of people who help when they feel like it and only to the extent they see fit. This will be the largest group of people who will be affiliated with the Fundraising committee. They will be the ones who do the bulk of the translating and word-smithing work and possibly other tasks. There may or may not be an official volunteer role to recognize those volunteers who help a lot and often but who otherwise are not interested in the meeting obligations inherent in advisorship and membership and who do not have the relevant experience to be a consultant. No expectation to use real names or to have a minimal level of participation.

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Fundraising ideas and discussionEdit

For more about past fundraisers, see the fundraising page on the foundation wiki, the list of Fundraising ideas, and the talk page.