Wikimedia Foundation raised $91 million for FY 2017. Expenses: $69 million.
So why are they begging me to donate?
Also FY 2018 ends in June for Wikimedia so /why/ are they begging for donations /now/.
@calvin Step one to omega goal: fire Brion Vibber
@jessiscah24 How does an operation run on volunteer labour need this much money
What purpose does it serve
Hosting is nowhere near this $69 million total. Cite: I used to work in hosting.
@jessiscah24 I've read them obviously, I even cited an audit.
I still don't understand why they have operating expenses higher than many medium-sized businesses or require such huge cash reserves.
@jessiscah24 If they are worried about donations falling off, shouldn't that be more incentive to run a lean operation that leans more on volunteer efforts (you know, the wiki ethos) whenever possible? I'm not saying have no employees, what I am saying is I question the need for hundreds of employees.
@jessiscah24 They haven't expanded into other causes. That's the thing. I wouldn't have a problem if they did, and would understand in fact. But the core mission hasn't changed, and page views have in fact /fallen/ somewhat YOY so why do they need /more/ money?
This is a Mastodon instance run by the Interlinked Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to eliminating discrimination. We are an instance that blocks authoritarian political violence, ultra-nationalism, fascism, the alt-right, Stalinism, and authoritarian ideology in general. It's intended to be a safe place for those tired of violent rhetoric as well as a place safe from discrimination.