Wikimedia Fundraising Report 2015-16

FY2015-16 donation sources, by SPatton (WMF) CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

After four years working at the Wikimedia Foundation, the most frequent question I still get is how Wikipedia funding works, and whether it is true that the entire budget is covered with donations. Yes, this is true, and this graph shows the different sources. For the most part, these are unrestricted donations. Only a small percentage consists of restricted grants, given by other foundations for specific purposes of Wikimedia research and development. Knowing that my salary comes from donations of many individuals makes me very conscious about where to put my time and attention (and where not)!

The 2015-2016 Fundraising Report includes a lot more graphics and data. If you want to learn even more, check m:Fundraising.

The paradox of Code of Conduct discussions

The saddest paradox is that community discussions about a Code of Conduct end up in tough dynamics that work against the main beneficiaries of a CoC: newcomers, minority groups, and other people with weaker defenses against harassment and disrespect. (part of my post at wikimedia-l)