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Renata St
Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at Dillon
Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
confused more than anything else.

What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails & Hors
d'oeuvres)?

What if I don't do the suggested donation?

On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major donors
and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?

In short: huh???

R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

Dan Collins-2
What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
"invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?

To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at Dillon
> Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
> confused more than anything else.
>
> What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
> looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
> that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails & Hors
> d'oeuvres)?
>
> What if I don't do the suggested donation?
>
> On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
> events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major donors
> and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
>
> In short: huh???
>
> R.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

Matthew Walker
To quickly respond such that people are not terribly confused -- our major
gifts team is hosting a fundraising event at the Dillon Gallery in NY
sometime in the future. I don't have any further details myself (not my
area of what we do); but I'll direct the attention of that team to this
thread/question.

~Matt Walker
Wikimedia Foundation
Fundraising Technology Team


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:

> What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
> Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
> from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
> Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
> that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
> "invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?
>
> To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
> Dillon
> > Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
> > confused more than anything else.
> >
> > What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
> > looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
> > that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails & Hors
> > d'oeuvres)?
> >
> > What if I don't do the suggested donation?
> >
> > On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
> > events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
> donors
> > and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
> >
> > In short: huh???
> >
> > R.
> > _______________________________________________
> > Wikimedia-l mailing list
> > [hidden email]
> > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> > <mailto:[hidden email]?subject=unsubscribe>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

Lisa Gruwell
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Hi Renata St and Dan-

I just wanted to assure you that there is no change in fundraising
strategy. WMF raises that great majority of its funds from online
donations, with most of them being under USD $30.

We also raise approximately $6 million from foundations and major donors.
The guidance for this comes from the Revenue Plan that was developed in the
five year strategic plan (page 17):

 “In addition to seeking increased support from community donations,
Wikimedia will continue to raise limited but critical funds from
foundations, major donors, and licensing and other business partnerships.”

Yes, the event at the Dillion Gallery is our. That said, we focus the
lion’s share of our work on the online donation model.

Thank you,

Lisa Seitz Gruwell



On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:

> What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
> Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
> from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a chapter?
> Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any evidence
> that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
> "invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?
>
> To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
> Dillon
> > Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
> > confused more than anything else.
> >
> > What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
> > looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but besides
> > that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails & Hors
> > d'oeuvres)?
> >
> > What if I don't do the suggested donation?
> >
> > On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
> > events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
> donors
> > and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
> >
> > In short: huh???
> >
> > R.
> > _______________________________________________
> > Wikimedia-l mailing list
> > [hidden email]
> > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> > <mailto:[hidden email]?subject=unsubscribe>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

Renata St
Hi Lisa,

Thanks for the reply, I never doubted it's WM event -- it just majorly
surprised me and I still have a bunch of questions:

1) is this the first fundraising event? I have never heard of them before...
2) what's going to happen at that event and why should I go? Invitation had
not a peep about that...
3) why there is nothing about it anywhere?
4) when did this policy change come about? I know Sue was quite adamantly
against it...

Thanks!
Renata


On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Lisa Gruwell <[hidden email]>wrote:

> Hi Renata St and Dan-
>
> I just wanted to assure you that there is no change in fundraising
> strategy. WMF raises that great majority of its funds from online
> donations, with most of them being under USD $30.
>
> We also raise approximately $6 million from foundations and major donors.
> The guidance for this comes from the Revenue Plan that was developed in the
> five year strategic plan (page 17):
>
>  “In addition to seeking increased support from community donations,
> Wikimedia will continue to raise limited but critical funds from
> foundations, major donors, and licensing and other business partnerships.”
>
> Yes, the event at the Dillion Gallery is our. That said, we focus the
> lion’s share of our work on the online donation model.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Lisa Seitz Gruwell
>
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
> > Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
> > from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a
> chapter?
> > Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any
> evidence
> > that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
> > "invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?
> >
> > To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
> > Dillon
> > > Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
> > > confused more than anything else.
> > >
> > > What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
> > > looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but
> besides
> > > that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails &
> Hors
> > > d'oeuvres)?
> > >
> > > What if I don't do the suggested donation?
> > >
> > > On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
> > > events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
> > donors
> > > and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
> > >
> > > In short: huh???
> > >
> > > R.
> > > _______________________________________________
> > > Wikimedia-l mailing list
> > > [hidden email]
> > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
> > > <mailto:[hidden email]?subject=unsubscribe>
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HaeB
2013/8/30 Renata St <[hidden email]>:
> Hi Lisa,
>
> Thanks for the reply, I never doubted it's WM event -- it just majorly
> surprised me and I still have a bunch of questions:
>
> 1) is this the first fundraising event? I have never heard of them before...

FWIW, here is a Signpost article about a previous fundraising event:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2010-10-18/News_and_notes#Wikipedia_community_gathers_for_fundraising_event

> 2) what's going to happen at that event and why should I go? Invitation had
> not a peep about that...
> 3) why there is nothing about it anywhere?
> 4) when did this policy change come about? I know Sue was quite adamantly
> against it...
>
> Thanks!
> Renata
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Lisa Gruwell <[hidden email]>wrote:
>
>> Hi Renata St and Dan-
>>
>> I just wanted to assure you that there is no change in fundraising
>> strategy. WMF raises that great majority of its funds from online
>> donations, with most of them being under USD $30.
>>
>> We also raise approximately $6 million from foundations and major donors.
>> The guidance for this comes from the Revenue Plan that was developed in the
>> five year strategic plan (page 17):
>>
>>  “In addition to seeking increased support from community donations,
>> Wikimedia will continue to raise limited but critical funds from
>> foundations, major donors, and licensing and other business partnerships.”
>>
>> Yes, the event at the Dillion Gallery is our. That said, we focus the
>> lion’s share of our work on the online donation model.
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Lisa Seitz Gruwell
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> > What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that the
>> > Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association, apart
>> > from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a
>> chapter?
>> > Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any
>> evidence
>> > that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
>> > "invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?
>> >
>> > To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???
>> >
>> >
>> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
>> > Dillon
>> > > Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left me
>> > > confused more than anything else.
>> > >
>> > > What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not that I
>> > > looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but
>> besides
>> > > that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails &
>> Hors
>> > > d'oeuvres)?
>> > >
>> > > What if I don't do the suggested donation?
>> > >
>> > > On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
>> > > events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
>> > donors
>> > > and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
>> > >
>> > > In short: huh???
>> > >
>> > > R.
>> > > _______________________________________________
>> > > Wikimedia-l mailing list
>> > > [hidden email]
>> > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
>> > > <mailto:[hidden email]?subject=unsubscribe>
>> > _______________________________________________
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>> > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dillon gallery?

Lisa Gruwell
As far as I know, WMF has done one or two small fundraising events most
years.  It is a minor part of overall fundraising strategy.  We have some
donors who like to give at social events, instead of online, and these
events are for largely initiated and organized by them.  They have all been
held at fairly small (usually donated) venues. I don't see this as a change
in policy.  The revenue plan calls for us to have online fundraising as our
primary strategy and major donors (who typically give through events),
foundations, etc. as a secondary revenue stream.  The fundraising team's
work is in line with that direction.


On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM, HaeB <[hidden email]> wrote:

> 2013/8/30 Renata St <[hidden email]>:
> > Hi Lisa,
> >
> > Thanks for the reply, I never doubted it's WM event -- it just majorly
> > surprised me and I still have a bunch of questions:
> >
> > 1) is this the first fundraising event? I have never heard of them
> before...
>
> FWIW, here is a Signpost article about a previous fundraising event:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2010-10-18/News_and_notes#Wikipedia_community_gathers_for_fundraising_event
>
> > 2) what's going to happen at that event and why should I go? Invitation
> had
> > not a peep about that...
> > 3) why there is nothing about it anywhere?
> > 4) when did this policy change come about? I know Sue was quite adamantly
> > against it...
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Renata
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Lisa Gruwell <[hidden email]
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Renata St and Dan-
> >>
> >> I just wanted to assure you that there is no change in fundraising
> >> strategy. WMF raises that great majority of its funds from online
> >> donations, with most of them being under USD $30.
> >>
> >> We also raise approximately $6 million from foundations and major
> donors.
> >> The guidance for this comes from the Revenue Plan that was developed in
> the
> >> five year strategic plan (page 17):
> >>
> >>  “In addition to seeking increased support from community donations,
> >> Wikimedia will continue to raise limited but critical funds from
> >> foundations, major donors, and licensing and other business
> partnerships.”
> >>
> >> Yes, the event at the Dillion Gallery is our. That said, we focus the
> >> lion’s share of our work on the online donation model.
> >>
> >> Thank you,
> >>
> >> Lisa Seitz Gruwell
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Dan Collins <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> > What are you talking about? A quick Google reveals no evidence that
> the
> >> > Wikimedia Foundation and the Dillon Gallery have any association,
> apart
> >> > from we have a wiki page on them. Who is the mail from - WMF or a
> >> chapter?
> >> > Do you often receive snail mail from them? If not, do you have any
> >> evidence
> >> > that you haven't fallen victim to an elaborate scam? What is an
> >> > "invitation(?)" and how does it differ from an invitation?
> >> >
> >> > To borrow your TL;DR, In short: huh???
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Renata St <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > Hi, so I got this snail mail with an invitation(?) to an event(?) at
> >> > Dillon
> >> > > Gallery on Oct 1 for a suggested(?) donation of $500... and it left
> me
> >> > > confused more than anything else.
> >> > >
> >> > > What's the event about? I can't find anything anywhere else (not
> that I
> >> > > looked very hard). I understand it's a fundraising function, but
> >> besides
> >> > > that? If I go there, what am I going to get (other than Cocktails &
> >> Hors
> >> > > d'oeuvres)?
> >> > >
> >> > > What if I don't do the suggested donation?
> >> > >
> >> > > On a whole different level, since when does Wikimedia do fundraising
> >> > > events? I thought it was a policy to abandon attempts to gain major
> >> > donors
> >> > > and to focus on the $10 donations? When did that change?
> >> > >
> >> > > In short: huh???
> >> > >
> >> > > R.
> >> > > _______________________________________________
> >> > > Wikimedia-l mailing list
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> >> > > Unsubscribe:
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