Wikipedia Hits $20 Million Fundraising Target, Drops "Begging" Banners
January 2, 2012 7:37 PM
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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:
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 11
anniversary on January 15, 2012.
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RE: Gov should pay for it
1/3/2012 4:48:40 PM
Go to a library branch that provides computers with free access to the internet. You will see plenty of people there. Most of the people are on the computers, of course.
A club that I am a part of holds meetings at a public library branch every month, so I have recently witnessed personally how busy it gets. As long as the libraries offer internet computer time, people will be interested in keeping them open.
RE: Gov should pay for it
1/3/2012 5:40:51 PM
Errr.. I think your just proving that Libraries are obsolute.
If a Public Library has become nothing more than a "free" place to rent movies/CDs/Internet Access... then is it really a "Library" anymore?
If what the public needs/demands has changed, why address a new problem with an old solution? Hopefully funding for public libraries has shifted to significantly less support for books, and more for internet access. Potentially a more effective means of distributing Internet Access or free public meetings could be found than a large building with many rooms devoted to containing paper/film/etc copies of books and resources that are rarely used...
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