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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 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.

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