Hi Richard,

This year, for the first time, WMAU has been able to join the
Wikimedia Foundation's annual fundraising drive (see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2010 for more info) - in
practice this means signing an agreement with the foundation, in
return for which all potential donor's who 'geo-locate' to Australia
are invited to donate 50% to WMF in San Fran. and 50% to WMAU - in
practice this means that an amount is deposited into a Paypal account
held on behalf of WMAU, and 50% is remitted back to the foundation -
that's why you have to halve the Cumulative total at
http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Special:FundraiserStatistics to get the
accurate figure.

As you may have seen on the members only mailing list, Craig, our
treasurer, has indicated that the committee intends to disburse the
vast majority of these rather phenomenal funds in various programs
throughout this year - if you or anyone else has any ideas about
chapter activities that could benefit from financial support, then now
is a fantastic time to make sure you're signed up as a Chapter member,
and share them! - There are an awful lot of possibilities now :-)

best,

Peter,
PM.

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 7:04 AM, Richard Ames <rich...@ames.id.au> wrote:
> Wow.
>
> Thanks for pointing this out.
>
> What has WAU done to earn this windfall???  And; What will they do with
> it????
>
> Regards, Richard.
>
>
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