Hello Abhishek, thank you for your suggestion. The 'in-kind' donation
idea, while good actually has a small glitch. Anything that comes to
the Chapter would be considered an asset and be kept in a certain
place physically. Moving it out to a different place becomes a
problem. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. Do spread the word about
our fundraiser though.

On 2/7/13, Abhishek Suryawanshi <i.abhishek.suryawan...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Nice initiative.
> It would be great to have 'in-kind' donations option along with monetary
> option.
> i.e If someone wants to donate projector,room,laptop etc in-kind, It may be
> easy for donor also as well as Chapter to receive it. This will also make
> sure Tax money is saved from both ends.
> Just two cents from my side.
> Regards,
> Abhishek Suryawanshi,
> On Behalf of Wikipedia Club Pune
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Karthik Nadar <karthik...@wikimedia.in>
> To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Cc:
> Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:19:57 +0530
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimedia India needs your support: Our First
> Fundraiser
> *Dear all,*
> *
> *
> *On the second anniversary of the Chapter, we made public our intention of
> running our first fundraiser. Going ahead with the first phase of this
> plan, we will be running a central site notice on the chapter website for a
> period of two calendar months starting 1 February, 2013. In the second
> phase of this plan, we aim to approach high networth individuals and
> corporates in the month of March 2013. This will be done using personal and
> professional networks of current and past EC members, staff, volunteers
> among others.*
> *
> Suggestions, help and support from the community on what we can do to
> ensure success of this fundraiser are welcome. Every drop counts :)
> Donations can be made by Online Bank Transfer (NEFT/RTGS) or by sending us
> a Cheque through snail mail. We are unable to accept card payments at this
> current time. Link to the donation page on our website:
> http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Donate
> Thanking you,
> Executive Committee,
> Wikimedia India.
> *Reasoning* (From our public statement on 4 January, 2013)
> A lot of people may ask why the chapter needs a fundraiser when it has
> access to WMF funding. The answer is, we are still ineligible for FDC of
> WMF (we hope to be eligible for the second round of funding in 2013) and
> would need to rely on grants, spending of which is restricted by the WMF.
> Since formation, the chapter has relied heavily on the Executive Committee
> to take on the burden of running the show. In an ideal world, the EC would
> like to take on the role of guiding the chapter rather than actually be
> responsible for operations after two years of incorporation, which should
> be best done by professionals rather than volunteers in their spare time.
> The chapter has hired an employee (Sowmyan Tirumurti, our Executive
> Manager) as well as plans to lease its own office premises in Bangalore. We
> will need the help of those volunteers who are in a position to support us.
> It could be a small individual donation or in the form of a corporate
> donation from an institution. A small token of support from you could go a
> long way in helping us achieving our goals of furthering the movement in
> India.*
> *
> *
> *
> *
> --
> Thanks and regards,
> Karthik Nadar,
> Secretary, Wikimedia India Chapter.

Srikanth Ramakrishnan
Member of the Executive Committee
Wikimedia Chapter [India]

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