On Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 4:27 PM, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.lokshin(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Well, let's be clear here: in what sense are the
chapters "participating" in
the fundraiser, rather than merely being its beneficiaries? The underlying
fundraising work -- the actual solicitation of donations, in other words --
is performed by WMF staff directly. The chapters do provide some level of
administrative and accounting support, obviously; but that could just as
easily be done by the WMF as well, and likely at lower cost.
Wow, this is a gross misrepresentation of the reality.
While Foundation staff has provided an invaluable support to make the
fundraiser a success, it probably wouldn't have been such a success
hadn't there been dozens of volunteers, among which _many_ chapter
board members and simple members who spent uncounted hours of
localizing and adapting messages, providing stories, refining landing
pages, answering donors questions etc.
You may want to look at the fundraising pages on meta to see the level
of involvement of the community as a whole in making it a success, and
even that does not give a real idea of how much chapters' communities
have participated (much happens on their chapters' mailing lists for