[Foundation-l] Good news! Fundraiser officially passes 6m mark!

Christiano Moreschi moreschiwikiman at hotmail.co.uk
Thu Jan 1 23:12:23 UTC 2009

Lol, global recession and people give MORE to charity? It's a funny old world. That said, despite this general trend we definitely upgraded the sex appeal of the banner for this year's run...


Odi profanum vulgus et arceo.

> Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:49:08 -0800
> From: sgardner at wikimedia.org
> To: foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Foundation-l] Good news! Fundraiser officially passes 6m mark!
> Hey folks -
> This is a very quick note, officially updating everyone on the
> progress of the fundraiser. Many of you will already know this, but I
> wanted to make it official :-)
> Currently, you will see that the sitenotice thermometer says we've
> reached 6.1 million dollars, which means we have exceeded our original
> goal of six million dollars!  This is fantastic, and I'm really happy.
> To put that in context: In 2008-09, prior to the launch of the
> fundraiser, we had received just under two million dollars in
> donations and commitments from a mix of foundations, individual donors
> and business development revenues. (That includes the 08-09 1m from
> Sloan, which will arrive this month.)  Since its launch, the
> fundraiser has brought in a little over four million dollars.  This
> means we currently have received in 08-09 a total of 6.1 million
> dollars, which will fully cover our projected 08-09 costs.
> Last year, by contrast, the fundraiser brought in a total of 1.6
> million dollars.
> For the Wikimedia Foundation to more than double donations during a
> time of major global financial crisis is an amazing accomplishment -
> and is testimony to the dedication and strength of our supporters.
> They believe in what we're doing and understand why it's important:
> I'm grateful to each and every one of them.
> And I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this year's
> fundraiser. There are too many people to name individually, and even
> that makes me happy - I love the fact that so many staff members and
> volunteers came together to work to make the fundraiser such a
> success.
> Tomorrow, the current sitenotices will be replaced with a thank you
> banner, which will stay up for an as-yet-undetermined period –
> probably a week or thereabouts.  We will continue to solicit and
> accept donations during that period (we always accept donations!), but
> the messaging will be primarily about thanking people :-)
> Thanks, and happy new year!
> Sue
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