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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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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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