Funds Dissemination Committee/Chapter Finances Survey/Magyarország

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Please complete your Chapter Finances Survey by Friday, May 25th, so that it can be considered by the Funds Dissemination Committee Advisory Group and can be used to develop recommendations for the Wikimedia Board of Trustees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Divya Narayanan from the Bridgespan Group or to Asaf Bartov at the Foundation.

Key Questions[edit]

For multiple choice questions, please delete all choices except your Chapter's response. Where a question requires a text answer, please use bullets under the question.

Chapter Expenses[edit]

1. Within the following ranges, what were your total expenses (in $US) in your previous financial year?
d. 10,000-50,000 (somewhere in the middle)


2. What do you expect your total expenses will be (in $US) in this financial year?
d. 10,000-50,000 (the higher end of the scale)


Chapter Revenues[edit]

3. In your previous financial year, did you raise revenue from sources other than from the annual fundraiser or grants from the Foundation? If so, how much (in $US)?
a. We did not raise additional revenue
c. 1,000-5,000
4. If you raised revenue from other sources in the previous financial year, please explain who or what types of groups (e.g., government, members, individual donors, etc.) were major providers of funds. If no, please leave this blank.
  • 1% of income tax allocation from individuals who chose Wikimedia Hungary as their preferred charity.
5. In this financial year, do you expect to raise revenue from sources other than from the annual fundraiser or grants from the Foundation? If so, how much (in $US)?
a. We do not plan to raise additional revenue
c. 1,000-5,000


6. If you plan to raise revenue for this financial year from sources other than the fundraiser or the Foundation, please explain who or what types of groups (e.g., government, members, individual donors, etc.) were major providers of funds. If no, please leave this blank.
  • 1% of income tax allocation from individuals who chose Wikimedia Hungary as their preferred charity.
7. When does your financial year end?
  • 31 December

Chapter Re-granting Programs[edit]

8. In your previous financial year, did your chapter provide grants to other individuals or entities? If so, how much (in $US)?
b. <$1000
9. If you provided grants in the previous financial year, can you provide additional detail on your grants program? (e.g., who are the grantees, what kind of projects or activities did you fund?)
  • Grant for a person to attend an international Open Street Map conference
  • Small grant to buy books for Wikipedia editing
  • Some travel help to attend Hungarian Wikimeetups
10. In this financial year, will you provide grants to other individuals or entities? If so, how much (in US$)?
d. 5,000-10,000


11. If you plan to provide grants in this financial year, can you provide additional detail on this year’s grants? (e.g., who are the grantees, what kind of projects or activities will you fund?)
  • Mostly same as last year, plus:
  • Wikimania scholarships
  • Grant to support Central European Wikimedia Meetup
  • Planned grant to support Wikimedia Management Congress (this event has been cancelled)

Funds Dissemination Needs and Timing[edit]

12. Do you anticipate requesting funding through either the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) or the WMF grants process for your next financial year (e.g., 2013)? If so, how much (in $US)?
f. 50,000-100,000
13. What would be your ideal timeline for requesting and receiving funds from the FDC or WMF grants process? (e.g., "request in November/December, receive in January”)
  • Request in October/November, get approved in November/December, receive funds by end of December (so that January wages can be paid without delay)
14. By what date would you need to receive funds through the FDC or WMF grants process? (i.e., At what date will your ability to carry out planned activities be damaged if you haven’t received funding?)
  • 10-15 January if we don't rely on reserve funds.
  • By dipping into reserves, we could function for a few months (obviously, to maintain reserves, over time we would need to rely on the FDC to replenish them to a level that allows continued activities even with any expected delays stemming from the process)
15. Do you have any questions about the funds dissemination process that you need to have resolved in order to plan your chapter’s next financial year? By what date do you need an answer?
  • I would appreciate an overview of the differences between the process and requirements of the current Annual grant process that was in place for 2012 and the FDC process. A reply by September, would be sufficient, although earlier would be better. --Bence (talk) 20:06, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Additional Comments or Questions[edit]

Please use this section for any comments or questions you have about the funds dissemination process.

We are seeking your input as we develop a set of recommendations for the FDC. We encourage your contribution on the talk pages of the Draft FDC Proposal to the Board.

In the last four or so years the funds dissemination process (including fundraising and the grants programme) and attached criteria (eligibility; reporting; etc.) have changed at least once every single year; sometimes even more than once and usually with timing that didn't allow enough preparation for all parties leading to uncertainty and the desire to build up safeguards in the form of bigger reserves and pursuing labour-intensive outside funding sources.
We understand that the FDC process will be evolving, however, we would really appreciate some stability in the system, once set up: either in the form of multi-year commitments to fund operating costs; or by making sure that changes, especially the fundamental ones are announced well in advance without affecting on-going grants or applications (e.g. so that they affect only subsequent funding cycles, not the current or immediately upcoming one). --Bence (talk) 19:34, 24 May 2012 (UTC)


Once the details are finalized and the dust settles, I would appreciate a direct outreach (e.g. phone call) to the potential grantees (and those who have been eligible in the past, but for some reason are not in the present) to explain and discuss the new situation. (This could make sure that even those get the necessary info who do not have the time to read everything, and linguistic misunderstandings could be ironed out.) --Bence (talk) 20:11, 25 May 2012 (UTC)