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Day 89: Wikipedia Needs Us!

For those of us over the age of 40 – do you remember using an encyclopaedia? We had to actually take hours of research time going through books, libraries, and magazine articles trying to get pieces of information to help us research a particular topic. Then life evolved – in came the computer, websites, search engines, Google and in 2001 Wikipedia. Oh ! to be young again ! The world of education is a different place.

I didn’t know much about Wikipedia other than it was a brilliant source of information provided in your choice of 10 languages. I use it all the time for 365give. It’s an amazing tool to search definitions, articles on people places and things. I am able to provide links for my readers as a source of education and inspiration.

It wasn’t until a just before Christmas when a special banner came up from founder Jimmy Whales that I thought a little more about where all this information came from and how it impacted the world. I wanted to share it with you – it’s pretty amazing. True philanthropy at it’s best.

I’m a volunteer.

I don’t get paid a cent for my work at Wikipedia, and neither do our thousands of other volunteer authors and editors. When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different.

Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others. It is a unique human project, the first of its kind in history. It is a humanitarian project to bring a free encyclopaedia to every single person on the planet.

Every single person.

If all of Wikipedia’s 400 million users would donate $1 each, we would have 20 times the amount of money we need. We’re a small organization, and I’ve worked hard over the years to keep us lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste to others.

To do this without resorting to advertising, we need you. It is you who keep this dream alive. It is you who have created Wikipedia. It is you who believe that a place of calm reflection and learning is worth having.

This year, please consider making a donation of $20, $35, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.


Jimmy Wales / Wikipedia Founder

Give 89 / Day 89

This is a GIVE my husband did and shared it with me as a family GIVE. My husband loves to learn and share information. Wikipedia is right up his alley as a rich source of education. It is a resource that he appreciates and uses on a regular basis. When founder Jimmy Wales plea came up asking for our support my husband instantly made a the decision to help.

We all know the jokes about “encyclopaedia sales man.” They really did come door to door selling these books for our educational benefit. Our parents spent a lot of money on big heavy hard cover encyclopaedias. Wikipedia is available to us for free with even more information and more answers to our world questions any time day or night.

Jimmy Wales plea is simple. He isn’t asking for one person to donate millions of dollars. He is asking all Wikipedia’s user to donate a little something. This is about a collaborative effort , as is the premise of Wikipedia, to get them the money they need to stay the brilliant resource they are for people all over the world.

Please consider taking the time to support this organization to help not only our generation but the next and the next and the next.

Time Commitment: 5 minutes

Cost: $50.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)