[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Thank you from the Wikimedia Foundation

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Thu Nov 15 19:12:53 UTC 2012

The fundraiser has begun :-)

Sue Gardner
Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

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the sum of all knowledge.  Help us make it a reality!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sue Gardner <donate at wikimedia.org>
Date: 15 November 2012 09:33
Subject: Thank you from the Wikimedia Foundation
To: Susan Gardner <susanpgardner at gmail.com>

Dear Susan,

Thank you for donating to the Wikimedia Foundation. You are wonderful!

It's easy to ignore our fundraising banners, and I'm really glad you
didn't. This is how Wikipedia pays its bills --- people like you
giving us money, so we can keep the site freely available for everyone
around the world.

People tell me they donate to Wikipedia because they find it useful,
and they trust it because even though it's not perfect, they know it's
written for them. Wikipedia isn’t meant to advance somebody's PR
agenda or push a particular ideology, or to persuade you to believe
something that's not true. We aim to tell the truth, and we can do
that because of you. The fact that you fund the site keeps us
independent and able to deliver what you need and want from Wikipedia.
Exactly as it should be.

You should know: your donation isn’t just covering your own costs. The
average donor is paying for his or her own use of Wikipedia, plus the
costs of hundreds of other people. Your donation keeps Wikipedia
available for an ambitious kid in Bangalore who’s teaching herself
computer programming. A middle-aged homemaker in Vienna who’s just
been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A novelist researching 1850s
Britain. A 10-year-old in San Salvador who’s just discovered Carl

On behalf of those people, and the half-billion other readers of
Wikipedia and its sister sites and projects, I thank you for joining
us in our effort to make the sum of all human knowledge available for
everyone. Your donation makes the world a better place. Thank you.

Most people don't know Wikipedia's run by a non-profit. Please
consider sharing this e-mail with a few of your friends to encourage
them to donate too. And if you're interested, you should try adding
some new information to Wikipedia. If you see a typo or other small
mistake, please fix it, and if you find something missing, please add
it. There are resources here that can help you get started. Don't
worry about making a mistake: that's normal when people first start
editing and if it happens, other Wikipedians will be happy to fix it
for you.

I appreciate your trust in us, and I promise you we'll use your money well.


Sue Gardner
Executive Director,
Wikimedia Foundation

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For your records: Your donation on 2012-15-11 was USD 1000.00.

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services were provided, in whole or in part, for this contribution.
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