[Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2014-2015 now on-wiki

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2014-2015 now on-wiki

Lodewijk
Hi Rupert,

if you read back, you'll see that this was not really my question. But it
has been answered in the mean time, in this thread.

Best,
Lodewijk

2016-06-29 9:30 GMT+02:00 rupert THURNER <[hidden email]>:

> This site
>
> http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Executive_Officer_(CEO)/Salary
> States that a US American CEO salary would be from 70k up to 420k a year,
> for Ngo 83k less. You are asking where and why the wmf executive director
> is in this range Lodewijk?
>
> Rupert
> On May 31, 2016 10:21, "Lodewijk" <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > Unfortunately I haven't seen an answer to my questions. Could you please
> > acknowledge the receipt of the question if you're investigating? Or could
> > you just say it is a ridiculous question and that you refuse to answer,
> if
> > you think so? From the more elaborate answer on the Signpost questions, I
> > understand that the role continues to this day - which makes it probably
> > more relevant.
> >
> > Please don't retreat in silence again.
> >
> > Lodewijk
> >
> > 2016-05-25 14:39 GMT+02:00 Lodewijk <[hidden email]>:
> >
> > > Thanks Greg for the responses.
> > >
> > > As for the ED team, that answers part of my question. That Sue was
> > > appointed as special advisor, was indeed public knowledge - but for
> what
> > > duration was that? And was that a full time position (or anything near
> > full
> > > time), given that her compensation was as high as that of the ED
> herself?
> > > People suggested that this included compensation for earlier years -
> was
> > > that the case? That would explain again a bit more.
> > >
> > > Also part of the question was why the raise was so steep - was this
> > simply
> > > matching the reality of the current job market, or was there something
> > else
> > > behind it (i.e. a bonus mechanism etc).
> > >
> > > It would be great if you could clarify! Thanks!
> > >
> > > Lodewijk
> > >
> > > 2016-05-25 12:45 GMT+02:00 John Mark Vandenberg <[hidden email]>:
> > >
> > >> On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 6:31 AM, Gregory Varnum <
> [hidden email]>
> > >> wrote:
> > >> > Greetings,
> > >> >
> > >> > Thank you to everyone for your questions and thoughts regarding the
> > >> Wikimedia Foundation's Form 990.
> > >> >
> > >> > Regarding Lodewijk's first question about the legal services
> > (totalling
> > >> US$1.7M) which were conducted by Jones Day (page 61 - Part VII): As
> our
> > >> global reach has grown over time, we felt it was important to
> strengthen
> > >> the trademark portfolio and solidify the protection of Wikimedia’s
> marks
> > >> globally. In December 2013, we began working with Jones Day on our
> > global
> > >> trademark filings, registrations, and oppositions. During the
> 2014-2015
> > >> fiscal year we filed 1,500+ new trademark applications for 35
> different
> > >> trademarks in 100+ countries. A significant portion of the legal
> > services
> > >> expenses in 2014-2015 went toward the mandatory government trademark
> > >> application filing fees.
> > >> >
> > >> > These new trademark applications contained expanded coverage and
> > >> revised descriptions to ensure better protection of Wikimedia's marks
> > and
> > >> projects, including countries where readership was growing through
> > targeted
> > >> programs or distribution (such as Wikipedia Zero and mobile
> readership).
> > >> Going forward, we anticipate (and are beginning to realize) a decrease
> > in
> > >> trademark expenses year over year, now that we have this initial
> > foundation
> > >> is in place. This investment immediately benefits Wikimedia and its
> > >> communities by ensuring that our trademark portfolio reflects the
> > maturity
> > >> and breadth of the Wikimedia movement, and protects us against certain
> > >> forms of infringement or misuse.
> > >>
> > >> Hi Gregory,
> > >> Just to confirm, the stated US$1.7M stated on page p.61 includes
> > >> filing and other fees paid by Jones Day to relevant government bodies
> > >> around the world?
> > >> If so, any chance you can separate it into such fees paid *through*
> > >> Jones Day, vs the consultation fees of Jones Day.
> > >> You say it was a 'significant portion', but that is very vague
> > >> terminology, meaning very different things to different people; it
> > >> would be nice to have a ball park figure.
> > >>
> > >> Also there was a USD ~5.2 M investment in Europe listed on p. 35 as
> > >> not being program services.  I didn't see any reference to it in the
> > >> FAQ; apologies if I missed it (It would be lovely if the source
> > >> document was posted on meta for easier navigation, etc.).  Could we
> > >> have a little more info about this line item?
> > >>
> > >> --
> > >> John Vandenberg
> > >>
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