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

Pavel Richter pavel.richter at wikimedia.de
Thu Nov 15 19:21:38 UTC 2012

Yay! And a very nice mail that is :-)

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Pavel Richter

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 219 158 260
Twitter: @pavel

2012/11/15 Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org>:
> The fundraiser has begun :-)
> --
> Sue Gardner
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 415 839 6885 office
> 415 816 9967 cell
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
> the sum of all knowledge.  Help us make it a reality!
> https://donate.wikimedia.org/
> ---------- 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
> Sagan.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Sue
> Sue Gardner
> Executive Director,
> Wikimedia Foundation
> https://donate.wikimedia.org
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> report for 2010-11, the Wikimedia Foundation annual plan for 2012-13
> and the Wikimedia Foundation’s five-year strategic plan. You can also
> now buy Wikipedia merchandise at shop.wikimedia.org.
> 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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