Board of Trustees committees
|"ensure that the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") fulfills its legal and fiduciary obligations, and to improve its governance, efficiency, and effectiveness over time."
|"assist the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Wikimedia Foundation ("Foundation") in its general oversight of the Foundation's annual plan and budgetary planning, accounting and financial reporting processes, audits of the financial statements, and internal control, and audit functions."
|Talent & Culture Committee
|"assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities through the implementation of sound compensation and personnel policies and practices."
|Product and Technology Committee
|"assess and explore current and future product development efforts to continuously improve the value that Wikipedia as a platform, as well as the other Wikimedia projects, delivers to its communities and users around the world."
|Community Affairs Committee
|"assess, explore and address current and future community-related efforts [...] work with both WMF staff and the wider Wikimedia community in order to bridge conflicts and offer guidance, with a main goal of continuously improving the relationships between the WMF and its wider community, as well as working jointly to achieve the mission and vision of the Wikimedia Movement, while considering the different needs of the WMF, our communities and users around the world."
Defined as a committee that is "typically led by a Community member and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution on Wikimedia committees.
|"support the overall health of the ecosystem of Wikimedia movement affiliates (Chapters, Thematic Organizations, and User Groups) and to advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) on matters related to affiliate recognition and the affiliate ecosystem."
|"The development and maintenance of:
The processing of requests for new language subdomains of existing Wikimedia projects, providing it gives the Wikimedia Board of Trustees four days advance notice before approving a request."
|"oversee and guide Wikimania from year to year, supporting each conference's individual organising team and providing them with resources, experience and advice"
Defined as a committee that is "typically led by a member of the staff and may include representatives from the community, advisory board, staff, board, or outside advisors" by January 2009 Board of Trustees resolution on Wikimedia committees.
|Board of Trustees resolution (2006)
|Facilitate communication between the Wikimedia Foundation, the general public, the media, and the communities of the various Wikimedia projects
Movement governance committees
|"assist with the design and implementation of the process to select Community- and Affiliate-Selected Trustees for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (“Board”) [...] may also assist with similar community-selected positions as determined by the Board."
|Board of Trustees resolution (2015)
|Interim Case Review Committee
|Reviews eligible Trust & Safety investigations that are appealed either by those who originally requested the investigation or those who have been sanctioned by them.
Movement-wide preparation committees
|Movement Charter Drafting Committee
|Drafting the Movement Charter
|U4C Building Committee
|Art. 4.5. of the UCoC Enforcement Guidelines
|Drafting a charter that outlines procedures and details for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee (U4C)
Resources allocation committees
|Conference Support Committee
|Regional Grants Committees
Inactive or closed committees
Organized policies, practices and priorities for Wikimedia-related research, and maintaining the Wikimedia Research Index.
Board expansion committee
The Board was successfully expanded from 5 to 7 members in November 2006, and the committee consequently disbanded.
It was meant to be organized by Angela, but was never really in operation. To be considered disbanded. A sub-meeting (discussion log) of the 11 February 2006 open meeting was used to discuss the setting up of the executive committee and the possibility of an administrative director (or a similarly worded executive position).
- Selection of and transition to a new Executive Director (2013-2014)
First meeting took place on April 5, 2006. The initial members were Delphine Ménard, Arne Klempert, Simon Pulsifer, Frank Schulenburg. The last update indicated the committee was working on a paper about the scope of the committee. Considered disbanded.
Was to be organized by Daniel Mayer and Michael Davis. Status: disagreement between the organisers, original proposals were rejected. Now deprecated after accountant and financial director were hired (see Current staff).
Created June 7, 2006. It was active throughout its first year of operation, but was disbanded in its original description in August 2007. Previous membership list available here: wmf:Resolution:Fundraising committee/Membership. Committee's abandonment is mentioned at wmf:Resolution:Wikimedia Committees.
The original members were Michael Davis, Angela Beesley, Jimmy Wales, and Danny Wool. Status: work in progress to complete applications for board and officers liability insurance and cyber-insurance. Committee de facto disbanded in January after meeting about the forms. D&O active.
Created April 2008 by board resolution. Deprecated since early 2010.
Special projects committee (2006)
Was originally organized by Florence Devouard, Jakob Voss, and Danny Wool. No longer active as of August 2007. It was dissolved in January 2009 per board resolution.
Special projects committee (2019)
Established in 2019, to "assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities through helping on special, one-off projects that temporarily require some Board member involvement and input for periods of time". It was dissolved in December 2021.
Was to be organized by Jens Frank, Brion Vibber and Domas Mituzas. Status: was never organized, although the core team of developers constitute a sort of de facto committee.
Created January 2, 2006 by board resolution, intended to oversee the legal process to secure trademarks, make timely reports on the trademark status to the board, make recommendations to the Board about the top priority concerning trademarks (categories, locations and their estimated costs), and was responsible for registering and monitoring domain names for the Foundation.
Status: was partly active for a while, but disbanded as of August 2007.
Responsible to make recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees for funding activities and initiatives in support of the mission goals of the Wikimedia movement. Created in 2012 and dissolved by the Board of Trustees in 2022.