After opening a community comment period in early April this year, collecting and incorporating that feedback, the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce our Medium Term Plan for 2019-2023 was approved by our Board of Trustees! You can view the final version here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
This process wouldn’t have been possible without communities’ participation, and we want to thank each of you for taking the time away from doing your favorite thing on the wikis to comment on our organization’s plan for the next 5 years. This new process, which we implemented for the first time this year, allows us to plan for a longer time frame. It also gives us a more flexible structure for annual planning that allows us to incorporate recommendations from the movement strategy.
Today, we are publishing both the Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term Plan and our annual budget and plan for the fiscal year 2019-20. This 2019-20 plan is the first instance in this new planning process, and over the next 5 years, we will continue to create plans that focus on the priorities we identified. We will review the progress towards our annual goals on a quarterly basis, and continue to share these reports publicly.
We hope to continue these conversations and collaboration as we work towards our strategic direction.
James Baldwin is a Finance Manager in the Wikimedia Foundation. Aside from supporting the Foundation’s Finance team, he also co-leads annual and medium-term planning across the organization.