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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 1/9/2012 8:21:35 PM , Rating: 0
You are suffering from a disconnect with reality. What a negative outlook you have. I have psychoanalyzed you and have determined the following.

Yaaay! I love it when morons try to analyze me.

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.

So you were totally unable to refute anything I said as being untrue? You see, the cuntscabs who voted my factual statements down didn't do so because they disagree, they did so because they know I'm right and they're in denial. They're mad at me for pointing out the way it REALLY is.

Sure, you may want to believe that the glorified blog that is wikipedia is justified in accepting $20M in donations, the vast majority of which are spent paying a relative handful of employees who undoubtedly spend most of their time asking for more handouts...but it isn't I who am out of touch with anything.

You bandwagonning morons are so full of fail that you want something like wikipedia to be "good", so you can feel "good" about yourself by giving them money - oblivious to the fact that your life's accomplishments are meaningless and have struggled to benefit yourself, let alone anyone else.

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.

It's not what I believe, idiot. The numbers are quite clear. They spent 75% of their $20M on salaries. If the people were not in it for the money, they would be quite content with salaries that cover living expenses. They are not doing six-figure salary work...what they are doing is duping wannabe do-gooders who think that donating a few bucks to some faux "charity" is going to make the world a better place.

Sorry, it doesn't work like that.

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.

Nothing good is going to be fronted by large sums of money, idiot. Wikipedia and their whole wikiscam network claims to be a charity, but no, they are not. Charities exist for the benefit of society - wikipedia is a user-generated site and the volunteers do the majority of the submissions, verification and editing. They only people benefitting from wikipedia are those 97 employees.

The volunteers are the people doing something because they want to, not because someone is paying them too...and they are the ones that do most of the maintenance on the wiki sites.

You can disagree with me all you want...but I'm right. There is no justification for $20M to be given to a company like wikishitia. They are not using it to benefit society when over 75% of it is going to the pockets of the people employed by the "charity".

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