[Foundation-l] Fundraising totals as of Oct 7, 2007 @ 5:00 PM (EST)

SJ 2.718281828 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 11 04:01:03 UTC 2007

On Nov 10, 2007 10:19 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/11/2007, THURNER rupert <rupert.thurner at wikimedia.ch> wrote:
> > i think it is much too early to draw conclusions. but i agree that a clear
> > reachable goal would be somehow nice on the display ... like the amount of
> > money needed. red for running the servers, red-orange for the bandwith,
> > yellow for international expansion, etc. the number of donors is not giving
> > enough hint imo.

I like Rupert's idea of separating out the core costs of running
servers and providing bandwidth from expansion, research &
development, and other costs; in layers.

And while I'm not a fan of strings-attached funds, I think that
Wikipedia should have its own trust set up ASAP to cover the "red"
costs in some measured way, for all time -- into which people could
donate separately from the general pool of funds.  This sort of trust
I would fundraise for with the greatest enthusiasm.

> We need to make it clear how much money we need and how much we have.

Yes.   And fundraising for extreme need is very different from
fundraising to meet quotas.  I've never found the arbitrary public
radio quotas compelling, for instance.


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