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The Wikimedia Foundation hits its $20 million USD fundraising target for Wikipedia

For those of you who have been greeted by banners at the top of Wikipedia pages for the past few months urging you to donate money, those longing eyes will no longer haunt you. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today that it has reached its $20 million USD fundraising goal and will now be taking down those banners.
According to a Wikipedia blog posting by Jay Walsh, over one million donors from around the world contributed to the $20 million campaign. Walsh also indicated that its 2011 haul far surpassed the "meager" $4.5 million raised during 2008.

Say "goodbye" to these Wikipedia fundraising banners
Likewise, Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, posted the following message:
Thank you.
We've taken down our fundraising banners, because we’ve hit our target. Thanks to you. Over the past few months, more than one million people have come together from all over the world to keep Wikipedia and its sister sites alive and flourishing for another year.
Your support is how we pay our bills. People like you, giving five dollars, twenty dollars, a hundred dollars. Thank you for helping us.
We’re the #5 most-popular site in the world --- we operate on a tiny fraction of the resources of any other top site. We will use your money carefully and well, I promise you.
For everyone who helps pay for Wikipedia and all the Wikimedia projects, and for those who can't afford to help -- thank you so much for making the world a better place.
Wikipedia serves over 20 million articles, is the fifth most popular website on the internet, and will celebrate its 11th anniversary on January 15, 2012.

Sources: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation

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Spending much?
By EricMartello on 1/2/2012 9:50:46 PM , Rating: -1
I highly doubt the operating costs for wiki anything remotely close to what these c0cksuck3rs are asking for.

$20 million donated

$19,990,000 gets "paid" to shell companies owned by the people behind wikipedia.

$10,000 to pay some hosting company to keep their servers online.

RE: Spending much?
By B-Unit on 1/2/2012 10:19:06 PM , Rating: 5
LMAO! You think you can host a super-encyclopedia with enuf traffic to rank #5 website in the world for $10k a year? WTF are you smoking?

RE: Spending much?
By B3an on 1/2/2012 10:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
I LOL'd too.

RE: Spending much?
By EricMartello on 1/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: Spending much?
By Rookierookie on 1/3/2012 1:00:23 AM , Rating: 3
If you didn't want to pay you didn't have to, it wasn't that hard to click the close button on that banner was it?

But hey, never let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, no.

RE: Spending much?
By stm on 1/3/2012 1:35:39 AM , Rating: 2
Hello friend, You can read up on wikimedia's financial stuff here:

Check out the "Breakdown by function" near the end. For example, "In 2010-11, Tech spending is projected to be $8.3 million; in 2011-12, it is planned to be $12.4 million."

Good luck!

RE: Spending much?
By The Raven on 1/3/2012 12:36:52 PM , Rating: 2

And check their credibility as a charity here.
4-star all the way!

RE: Spending much?
By EricMartello on 1/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: Spending much?
By powerwerds on 1/6/2012 3:09:28 PM , Rating: 1
You are suffering from a disconnect with reality. What a negative outlook you have. I have psychoanalyzed you and have determined the following.

Parents get divorced, kid sees one parent swindle the other out of copious amounts of money with dubious expense claims, kid inherits grossly inaccurate world-view of people who ask for money for legitimate reasons, kid grows into person fearful and skeptical of entities in charge of money management, person shares world-view on internet in a fashion such that realistic people cringe in pity.

Either you're as bad as your example, or something as bad as your example happened to you, but I'm fairly certain the world (this charitable institution) isn't as bad as you believe. Get a hug, smoke a bowl, believe in the goodness of others, you may have been burned before, but what a shame to live in such constant gloom.

You are no doubt just another bitter scrub, but I thought your disconnect sufficient enough to warrant note. I feel sorry for anyone that ever engages in monetary dealings with you cause if you act the way you think everyone else acts, everyone else is screwed.

RE: Spending much?
By EricMartello on 1/9/12, Rating: 0
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RE: Spending much?
By BSquared on 1/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: Spending much?
By hankw on 1/3/2012 6:33:42 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously? 13mill for 97 employees = 134,020/person. What the hell am I doing working for a "for profit" organization? :D

RE: Spending much?
By gamerk2 on 1/3/2012 8:33:06 AM , Rating: 2
On average; top salaries employees are probably in the million range, like any normal coorporation, so the rest of the staff [probably IT personel and lawyers] are closer to the 80k range, or about average for their fields.

So salaries look pretty in line with whats expected, if not a little low.

RE: Spending much?
By mcnabney on 1/3/2012 9:27:45 AM , Rating: 3
There is also a lot more to employee compensation than just salary. Benefits, bonuses, employer-side of SS/FICA, matching 401k contributions... It piles up fast. My salary is ~$85k, but my total cost of employment is over $120k.

RE: Spending much?
By ati666 on 1/3/12, Rating: -1
RE: Spending much?
By wempa on 1/3/2012 10:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
Those numbers actually seem very reasonable compared to any other firm's expenses. Anybody who works in IT knows that ~130K average for an overloaded salary is surely within line. Compare that to the estimated cost of 278K per job created or saved from the last government stimulus.

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