On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM, Walter Vermeir<walter(a)wikipedia.be> wrote:
An other way would be that Wikimedia is funded by some
body, like UNESCO. The WMF budget for 2009-2010 is 9,4 million US
dollar. That is not a lot on a global scale.
I find it very normal that institutions are government funded. Probably
because from where I am from, Belgium, that is the way it is. But I know
that is not so everywhere. In some places the musea, schools, Churches,
hospitals and so need to receive donations to function. So that approach
would also not be acceptable for some because the have some problem with
using public funds for public services.
Interesting points. And yes, accepting government or institutional
money would probably come with conditions like improving overall
article quality, and maybe even getting rid of our "fetish" and other
destructive-sexuality / pro-depravity articles and images - something
our great many pro-"freedom" dogmatists just don't want to do.