[Foundation-l] Fundraiser update

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 08:54:59 UTC 2009

I think the foundation did great with the last fundraiser. When we
*need *something
like 6 million dollar we should ask for it and it is legitimate to ask for
it. It is really sad that people do not realise how much our aims suffer
from a lack of investment. We need to do better, we can do better and it *does
*take money to do this.

When you have proposals to make for a next fundraiser, make them. If your
ideas have merit, I am sure they will be taken up. If these ideas work out
and provide us with sufficient funding to not need what you call a
"begaton", fine. However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We need
to be funded for our activities and if this requires a fundraiser, we will
have one.

2009/1/7 White Cat <wikipedia.kawaii.neko at gmail.com>

> 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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