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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 EricMartello on 1/3/2012 5:38:43 PM , Rating: -1
Wow, you people are really fccking dense. You think that just because they fudged their financials it means that's where their money is actually going?


You are all that gullible, because they're a "charity"? No, they're not a charity; they're not giving anything away and providing a "free" website doesn't make one a charity.

Yes, "tech spending". I'll pay myself $8.3 million and say it was for "hosting".

I've dealt with high-traffic setups that had hundreds of servers in multiple locations around the world and I, along with my team, am able to maintain the entire setup for well under $500K per year.

The sad part is most the money goes to paying the 97 employees wages.
~13M Salaries
~2.6M contracted employment
~1M volunteer staff
~1M Grants

$134K per year for employees? WOW...and this is money coming from donations. What have these 97 c0cksuck3rs actually done other than erect a website that accepts user-generated content?


Misc Expense
~1.7M Travel
~1M Transaction fees on fundraising
~300K Merchandising
~560k Legal fees

Almost $2M for travel. Really? Where doe these losers need to go that they would be spending over $4,600 PER DAY in travel expenses?

Merchandising? LOLWUT? You mean I can get my very own charity exploiter action figure set? YES!

Facility and equipment
~2.7M Hosting/bandwidth
~1.7M Maintenance/upkeep.
~2.6M Future infrastructure

This is pure LOL. I'm sorry but this is NOT 1999. You rent an entire rack cage including unmetered Gb connectivity for less than $5K per month. Even if you had 200 servers at $3000 each you are only talking $600,000 plus hosting fees, which would be in the $10-$20K per year range...$20K per year being VERY high. That's well under $1M and the server hardware does not need to be repurchased annually. You can figure a 5 year life cycle out, meaning a "real" cost of $120K / yr for hardware.

These are the most pulled-out-of-my-a55 figures I've ever seen and I am absolutely NOT surprised they are able to get away with it.

There is a surprisingly high amount of stupidity around here for a website that is purportedly aimed at "intelligent" people...but even that doesn't surprise me.

Keep giving these wikicunts your money. They obviously need it, and you fools are quite easy to separate from your money. haha

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
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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