[Foundation-l] Fundraiser update

White Cat wikipedia.kawaii.neko at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 06:00:15 UTC 2009

Who is responsible for the code behind the fundraiser? I have a few
proposals he or she may like. Its too late for this fundraiser but would
help on the future ones

Additionally I think the foundation should set a donation goal for the end
of the year. Not as a begathon like the 6 mil one but something more
discrete (completely unadvertised). People will continue to donate if they
see a new goal.

   - White Cat

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 6:01 AM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> A quick update: the "Thank You" banner is currently scheduled to stay
> up until January 9, 4 PM PST. We're keeping it up a while longer in
> part because it's the first work week after the holidays for many
> people, and in part because it's an opportunity for chapters to get
> some more visibility (we may have reached our goals ahead of time, but
> the chapters were operating under the assumption that the fundraiser
> would continue until January 15). As explained in the "Thank You"
> letter, the funds donated to WMF from now until the end of the fiscal
> year will go into our reserve fund and will help us to not live from
> hand to mouth as we head into the new fiscal. We'd always planned to
> raise at least $1.3M in reserve funding throughout the fiscal year.
> Obviously we're thrilled by the success of the fundraiser: many thanks
> to Rand and the rest of the team here for making it happen. :-)
> Special _huge, huge_ thanks to Casey and all the translation
> volunteers for their help throughout the process. It's hard to
> overstate the value of the volunteer contributions of time and effort
> to the fundraiser, and I think it speaks to the strength of our
> sustainability model. :-)
> As always, there'll be lots to learn & improve as well. We'll start
> preparing some follow-up reports and analysis soon. (We still intend
> to share raw data files with the community, but we have to do some
> more clean-up, especially on check data, before it'll be useful.) In
> the meantime, if you already have some thoughts & immediate comments
> on the fundraiser -- what worked, what didn't, what we should focus on
> -- please feel free to post them in this thread.
> --
> Erik Möller
> Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
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