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Wikipedia’s annual fundraising appeal is underway

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 7 December 2012 | News Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, explained: “Our fundraiser succeeds the same way Wikipedia does, with millions of people contributing what they can 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 they know it’s written for them. Our readers fund the site, which keeps us independent and able to deliver what they need and want from Wikipedia – exactly as it should be.”Appropriately the 2012 campaign features some of the service users: it is showcasing stories from Wikimedia editors, photographers and free-knowledge advocates from around the world who contribute to Wikimedia projects. 2011 appeal resultsThe 2011 annual appeal secured donations from 1.1 million people from almost every country on the planet who donated an average of $30. The campaign’s fundraising messages and banners were translated into over 100 languages by more than 1,000 volunteers.UK-based users of Wikipedia will notice fundraising banners across the site for the next few weeks. In the UK however it is not possible to give using Gift Aid because the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with tax exempt status in the United States. However, tax-effective donations can be made to to Wikimedia UK which is a registered charity in the UK.http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Wikimedia Foundation which runs various projects including the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia has launched its annual fundraising appeal. This is the organisation’s major appeal for voluntary donations and helps keep the Wikimedia projects available around the world in multiple languages at no cost. It also helps ensure that the sites never have to carry advertising.This is the US nonprofit’s ninth annual fundraising campaign and aims to generate $25 million. The funding helps pay for server infrastructure, improve the software that underpins the projects, and help increase the number of editors of the sites.For its other costs the Wikimedia Foundation turns to grantmaking foundations. Advertisementcenter_img  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Wikipedia’s annual fundraising appeal is underwaylast_img read more

Croatia Airlines currently has direct flights to only four destinations

first_imgDue to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the world and in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines has been continuously reducing its planned flight schedule since March 10.  Photo: CA It is important to point out that additional ones are possible changes in the already reduced flight plan, depending on the development of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia and abroad and the recommendations of the Croatian and world public health authorities, emphasize the CA. After the Civil Protection Headquarters passed a Decision banning leaving the place of residence and permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia, Croatia Airlines consequently suspended all flights within Croatia from March 25 to April 19 this year. With the start of the summer flight schedule, which is valid from yesterday (March 29), the entire range of flights has been reduced to direct flights from Zagreb to Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam and London Heathrow in order to continue connecting Croatia with Europe and the rest of the world. and at the same time enabled the return of Croatian citizens to their homeland and the departure of foreign citizens to their home countries.last_img read more

Commissioner Holness adamantly supports ban on ARs

first_imgMeanwhile a Florida coalition including, the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and the League of Women Voters of Florida issued a statement on Monday, denouncing any  the bill (SB 7026) passed by the Florida Senate that includes a provision to arm public school officials as way to defend against a mass shooting. The Coalition expressed opposition to “arming people in our schools that are not School Resource Officers (SROs), whose ONLY job is to protect the school, will not properly protect our schools and will ultimately cost more money in the long run.”Senate Daphne Campbell vote against billHaitian American Florida Senator Daphne Campbell, a Democrat, voted against Senate Bill 7026. She said  she heeded the calls from her constituents in voting against the bill, which she called, “a horrible blow to schoolteachers, students and families across the state of Florida…..It’s unconscionable that rather than talking about things like teacher raises and more funding to help prevent bullying in our public schools, we’re being asked to back armed teachers and diverting public school funding – neither of which I can accept.”Robert Runcie, the superintendent of the Broward County School District also opposes arming teachers and other school personnel with guns. He said the District has a zero-tolerance weapons policy, emphasizing the District take weapons infractions very seriously, “and there are no exceptions.”_________________________________________________ Broward County Commissioner, Dale Holness Broward County Caribbean-American Commissioner Dale V. Holness is adamant that action should be taken to ban assault rifles in Florida and nationally.Reacting bluntly in an interview with CNW, Commissioner Holness asked, “Why do we needs ARs in the society? America is not at war. America is not at risk at being invaded by a foreign force as back in the 18th century.”When 2nd Amended was ratified there were no ARs.He said he’s wary of those who support the general sale and use of ARs turning to the 2nd Amendment in the US Constitution to defend their argument. “The 2nd Amendment do support the right for every American to bear arms. But amendment was ratified in 1791.  Its main purpose was to assure people could protect themselves against counter invasion by foreign forces. But, perhaps the most dangerous weapon at the time was a musket, which one fired once, and reloaded. Certainly, the founding fathers did not envisage a rifle that could shoot over a hundred bullets with one pull of the trigger. An AR is a weapon of modern war, and a weapon of murder that should be banned from our society.”He cited a vote taken last week by the Broward County Commission to ban the assault rifle but believes the ultimate effectiveness against the sale and legal use of these rifles rest with the Florida Legislature.Florida Legislature vote against banning ARsHowever, over the past weekend although the Florida Senate met in an all-day Saturday session, and initially adapted a motion to ban assault rifles, the motion was later defeated.Power to change lies with the people“That was very disappointing,” Holness said. “But the power to ultimately ban these deadly weapons rest in the people. The Florida Legislature may be controlled by the NRA, and related lobbyists, but the people need to turn out in droves to vote against anyone who takes money from the NRA or NRA lobbyists. The people are more powerful than the NRA, and the people should use this power.”As an elected official Holness says he wants to see: a comprehensive ban on assault rifles; ban on access to guns by the mentally ill, those on ‘no-fly’ lists, and to young people age-18 and under. He also says he’s “fundamentally” against any proposals that allows school personnel to have guns in schools. “I only support law enforcement having guns on school campuses.”“But I must reiterate the call for banning ARs. These weapons are more lethal than weapons carried by law enforcement. Why should we allow citizens to bear arms more powerful than the arms generally borne by law enforcement officers?”Florida coalition against arming school personnellast_img read more