Hoi,
As a result from this news item I blogged about it. My take on the news is
that one aspect of the funds raised in India is also a sense of ownership is
gained in this way. I love to learn if you agree with me.
Thanks,
     GerardM

http://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2011/03/fundraising-in-india-ii.html

On 19 March 2011 04:34, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucher...@gmail.com> wrote:

> *The Hindu : "India is No.6 in donating to Wikipedia"*
> http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1551986.ece
> (National story)
>
> *Anyone who has used Wikipedia in the last few years would have noted a
> banner at the top of the page appealing for donations by Wikipedia
> co-founder Jimmy Wales. One wondered who responded to such requests. Now,
> the Wikimedia Foundation says that in 2010, India ranked sixth in the list
> of countries from where individuals have donated amounts to the Wikipedia
> Foundation.*
> *
> *
> *According to the Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a part, people in
> India donated more than $193,000 (Rs. 87.33 lakh) in 2010. India is preceded
> only by the United States with $10,038,417 (Rs. 45.42 crore), Canada with $
> 893,470 (Rs. 4.04 crore), Japan with $500,182 (Rs. 2.26 crore), Spain with $
> 323,285 (Rs. 1.46 crore) and the United Kingdom with $ 207,157 (Rs. 93.74
> lakh). Trailing behind India is Belgium with $162 (Rs. 7,322). These amounts
> do not include donations made by the country chapters of Wikipedia, which
> help in local fund-raising. They are purely contributions made by
> individuals directly to Wikipedia. In fact, India's Wikipedia chapter is in
> the process of being formed.*
> *
> *
> *“Imagine a website that appears within the top five websites in the
> world, which runs on just 60 full time employees. Compare it with other top
> websites. Isn't it great?” said Cherian Tinu Abraham, a Bangalore-based
> technology professional and Wikipedia administrator. (
> http://www.alexa.com/topsites shows Wikipedia as one of top 10 websites.)*
> *
> *
> *Wikipedian [one who writes and edits the pages for Wikipedia unlike
> readers who merely read the articles] Arun Ram said, “I think the increased
> contributions from India this year is a welcome development. It is due to
> the very visible banner campaign on the main page, which had excellent
> recall amongst users.”*
> *
> *
> *Other factors for India's response include increased awareness with
> extensive media coverage this year of various (Wikipedia-related) events,
> visits, and meet ups. Plus, there has been the speculation over an India
> office.*
> *
> *
> *A look at the number of donors shows that the number of donors from India
> has been increasing steadily over the past few years. In 2007, India ranked
> 18 with $12,532 (Rs. 5.67 lakh) from 583 donors. In 2008, it ranked 15 with
> $38,776 (Rs. 17.55 lakh) from 1759 donors. In 2009, India ranked 16 with
> $52,156 (Rs. 23.60 lakh) from 2956 donors.*
> *
> *
> *Sreekanth R, a Chennai-based software engineer, who has been using the
> Wikipedia for six years, said he was motivated to contribute to Wikipedia
> after seeing Jimmy Wales's appeal in Wikipedia. “I instantly felt like
> contributing to Wikipedia as it is useful. Anyone can access it for free and
> there are no advertisements. It is much better than donating to a temple. It
> selflessly serves more people than anything else I know," he said.*
> *
> *
> *Mr. Abraham, who edits Wikipedia, said that it appeared to him it was
> more readers than Wikipedia editors who have donated to the Foundation*
>
>
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
> http://wikimedia.in/wiki/In_the_news
>
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