Funds Dissemination Committee/Chapter Finances Survey/Deutschland

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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?
g. >500,000
2. What do you expect your total expenses will be (in $US) in this financial year?
g. >500,000

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)?
g. 100,000-500,000
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.
  • Membership fees, government grants, large restricted donation towards Wikidata
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)?
h. >500,000
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.
  • Membership fees, government grants, large restricted donation towards Wikidata
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)?
f. >$20,001
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?)
  • In 2012, Wikimedia Deutschland operated several grants programmes and offered reimbursements to individual Wikimedians of expenses in connection with Wikimedia related activities. The largest single grant programme, launched in 2011 was the Community projects budget. For this grants programme, a total of 200 000 Euro had been earmarked: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland/Community_projects_budget
  • Furthermore, Wikimedia Deutschland operated a small grants and reimbursement programme entitled "Community-Budget", through which small projects as well as participation of Wikimedians in Wikimedia and external events were supported. In 2011, an approximate 20,000 EUR were allocated. The bulk of the requests were submitted by members of the German Wikipedia community, for the most part reimbursement of Wikimedia related travel and accommodation expenses. A portion of the Community budget was used to support international activities through the newly instituted Participation Grants programme, operated jointly with the WMF. Additionally, some third-party events were sponsored through this budget line, including the Belgian portion of Wiki loves Monuments and the participation of several German representatives in the RegioWikiCamp held in Brest, France.
  • Another small grants programme entitled "WissensWert" (="worthwhile to know") specifically targeted external, i.e. non-Wikimedia applicants, whose project ideas for the promotion and advancement of free knowledge were supported with amounts up to 5,000 EUR each. The community has also been supported via library- and literature scholarships.


10. In this financial year, will you provide grants to other individuals or entities? If so, how much (in US$)?
f. >$20,001
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?)
  • All grantmaking programmes operated in the previous year are being continued in 2012. This includes the "Community projects budget" whose allocation has been increased to 250 000 EUR and the "Community-Budget", with an increased expected allocation of 25,000 EUR, plus a certain amount earmarked for international activities. Most grantees are active Wikimedians and most of their activities are embedded in the Wikipedia community. Wikimedia Deutschland is also considering to support some international community events such as the planned meetup of Central and East European Wikimedians, which was originally planned to be held in 2012 in Belgrade.
  • Community-driven projects, which are being funded in 2012 include: a vandalism detection and control workshop held in Frankfurt/Main in Mai, a gathering of German Wikipedia administrators in Juni 2012, a three-years project during which photo sessions are held in each of the parliaments (Landtage) of each of Germany's 16 federal states or Bundesländer with the goal of generating high-quality free images of all of their members and the German portion of Wiki loves Monuments and a trinational Wikipedian meetup in the German-Polish-Czech tripoint area. In addition to these and many other projects, ongoing community activities such as the photo workshops held periodically in Nuremberg are being supported by means of individual reimbursements and provision of technical equipment.

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)?
h. >500,000
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: September/October
  • decision: end of October
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?)
  • 01.January each year
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?
  • Multiyear funding possibilities (important for long-time commitments such as: employment- and lease contracts, long-term project agreements where the project is partially funded by a third party etc.)
  • Format of the financial plans to be submitted (substance/content, degree of detail, volume/scope)

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.