In order to develop a funds dissemination process and FDC that serves the movement most effectively, we have identified success factors that we are designing toward. This page represents a draft set of design principles, drawing on input from the 2012 Berlin conference by chapter representatives and the Board of Trustees.
Design principles for the FDC formation
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Guiding principles discussion
- Support pursuit of the Wikimedia mission
- The FDC should ensure that funds are put to their best use to achieve the goals of the movement.
- Over time, the FDC should increasingly promote the development of common strategic goals and priorities of the movement, which will require trade-offs.
- Funds should be allocated in ways that support mission work, agnostic with regard to where the money was raised.
- Be open and transparent
- Promote decentralization and diversity
- Funds must be allocated in ways that support decentralized programmatic activities for furthering our mission.
- The Wikimedia Foundation and other Wikimedia organizations should be peers in the funds allocation process.
- Processes (and representation on the FDC) should not preferentially benefit any one Wikimedia group/individual.
- Foster innovation while supporting stability and healthy growth within the Wikimedia community
- Fund allocations should ensure ongoing operations of the Wikimedia Foundation and other movement groups are stable; however, there should also be flexibility to ensure that funds are put to their best use, which means that movement groups are not entitled to funding.
- Ensure fiduciary responsibility to the Wikimedia donor community and meet regulatory requirements
- The funds allocation process should be rigorous to ensure funds are put to good use.
- Due diligence processes should ensure funds are used properly, legally, ethically and with fidelity.
- Enable simple, user-friendly processes with clear deadlines and expectations
- There should be a clear and well-understood process for grants that is not overly complicated.
- Grants of different sizes should require different levels of rigor and process, avoiding unnecessary restrictions that may hinder nimbleness.
- Maintain clear roles and responsibilities for the decision-making process
- The relationship between the FDC and other Wikimedia groups should be clearly articulated.
- The process for dispute resolution should be clearly defined.
- As a volunteer group, the FDC's role should be focused and aligned with members' capacity.
- The FDC should evolve over time, adapting and incorporating lessons learned.
- Drive to continual improvement and higher standards
- The FDC should develop criteria for grant requests that include standards of quality of execution.
- The FDC should create thoughtful and deliberate feedback loops to improve decision-making and use of funds over time.