(This is a public copy of a request previously made by email)
We would like to ask you an additional delay for publishing our grant report for two weeks (12 February 2018).
It is unfortunately very difficult for us to prepare this report by 30 January: we are understaffed at the moment (Vira is currently in an exchange programme with WMDE working on the Wikimedia Conference, and we have not hired a temporary replacement for her yet although we started working on it in December), and our available staff and volunteers are busy because of a huge event exactly around 30 January (30 January is the birthday of Ukrainian Wikipedia, we are preparing Wikimarathon encouraging people to write an article to Wikipedia on this occasion, and so far we have 54 public events within 4 days all over Ukraine that we have to manage or support...)
The bad news is that 30 January will always be the birthday of Ukrainian Wikipedia. In the current planning we have Annual General Meeting in the end of December - Christmas holidays until mid-January (Christmas is on 7 January in Ukraine) - board transition in January (with potentially limited ability to sign documents or make payments if board chair is not reelected) - Ukrainian Wikipedia birthday on 30 January, thus in this planning producing a grant report on 30 January will always be a challenge for us.
The good news is that we intend to change this framework from the next year and have an Annual General Meeting in the end of January, so that the board and staff work on the report both for our members and for WMF as a grant report just before the end of their term, and then start celebrating their retirement or new term at the Wikipedia birthday on 30 January :)