One last charitable donation request for 2010: help out Wikipedia

Written by Webmaster
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:13

Hi folks,

I just happened across an appeal for funds from the folks at Wikipedia.  They're near the end of their 2010 fund-raising and have almost reached their goal of 16 million dollars (they've raised $14 M to date!)

Did you know that Wikipedia is run by a non-profit organization?

As the year winds down and we consider our blessings here at, I thought that it'd be nice to help out the folks at Wikipedia, and sent them a $25 donation.  I figure there's got to be a number of Westborough residents who occasionally benefit from Wikipedia, and I figure this donation thus indirectly supports our local community.

One nice thing about Wikimedia Foundation: they're a fully qualified 501(c)3 non-profit, and from what I understand, donations are fully tax-deductible on your US federal taxes! (Of course I have to now say, "please consult your own tax professional about this." :-)

If this is something that may appeal to you, I invite you to check them out before we say good-bye to 2010.

Here's the nice thank you letter I received:

Dear Michael,

Thank you for your gift of USD 25.00 to the Wikimedia Foundation, received on December 30, 2010. I’m very grateful for your support.
Your donation celebrates everything Wikipedia and its sister sites stand for: the power of information to help people live better lives, and the importance of sharing, freedom, learning and discovery. Thank you so much for helping to keep these projects freely available for their more than 400 million monthly readers around the world.

Your money supports technology and people. The Wikimedia Foundation develops and improves the technology behind Wikipedia and nine other projects, and sustains the infrastructure that keeps them up and running. The Foundation has a staff of about fifty, which provides technical, administrative, legal and outreach support for the global community of volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia.
Many people love Wikipedia, but a surprising number don't know it's run by a non-profit. Please help us spread the word by telling a few of your friends.

And again, thank you for supporting free knowledge.

Sincerely Yours,

Sue Gardner
Executive Director

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This letter can serve as a record for tax purposes. No goods or
services were provided, in whole or in part, for this contribution.
The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable corporation
with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the United States. Our address is 149 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94105. Tax-exempt number: 20-0049703

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 21:44