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What I want to do

Help people find better paths.

What matters to me

Ethics and integrity.

What inspires me

Selfless people.

West Chester, PA USA

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TIDES CENTER
February 18, 2010

When I learned that the Tides Center used a Donor Advised Fund to transfer $2 million from Google to the Wikimedia Foundation, I was dismayed. The Wikimedia Foundation just pulled in 5 times what they need to safely operate and fulfill their mission, and now Google is going to heap another $2 million on the organization that lies about who its founder is and deflects and covers up criticism about how money was being handled when it came to $1300 steak dinners, $200 bottles of wine, and even Moscow massage parlor tabs. So now the Tides Center is aligned with Google (the National Security Agency's tech partner) and with the Wikimedia Foundation (the home of child pornography advocates). What impression can I possibly take away, other than a bad one? This was a BAD DECISION, Tides Center.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything but what it regrettably chose to do, and that's facilitate a multi-million dollar transfer of funds from Google, Inc. to the Wikimedia Foundation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I watched the public relations nightmare.

TIDES FOUNDATION
February 18, 2010

When I learned that the Tides Foundation used a Donor Advised Fund to transfer $2 million from Google to the Wikimedia Foundation, I was dismayed. The Wikimedia Foundation just pulled in 5 times what they need to safely operate and fulfill their mission, and now Google is going to heap another $2 million on the organization that lies about who its founder is and deflects and covers up criticism about how money was being handled when it came to $1300 steak dinners, $200 bottles of wine, and even Moscow massage parlor tabs. So now the Tides Foundation is aligned with Google (the National Security Agency's tech partner) and with the Wikimedia Foundation (the home of child pornography advocates). What impression can I possibly take away, other than a bad one? This was a BAD DECISION, Tides Foundation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

furthering the arrogance of the "free culture" movement, which actually destroys culture.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

revoke the funding of unnecessary capital to the Wikimedia Foundation, one of the most inefficient, wasteful quasi-charities in the Bay Area.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they "only" pissed away $2 million, and not $10 million.

Ways to make it better...

they had not facilitated a $2 million transfer from Google, Inc. to the Wikimedia Foundation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I watched the public relations nightmare.

ProCon.org
October 9, 2009

Highly efficient organization, spending 87.1% of expenses on excellent program services. An excellent alternative to the garbage put out by the Wikimedia Foundation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

public radio broadcast sponsorship.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, conscientious, and dedicated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & I suggested topics of inquiry, and I made a financial contribution.

WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION INC
July 22, 2009

I have grave concerns about this organization. Year after year, its Form 990 indicates that it is spending in the area of only 33%-50% of its total incoming revenues back out onto program services. More reputable charities see to it that at least 80% of their incomes gets to program services. Then, in January 2009, we found out that the Foundation needed additional office space. They performed a supposedly competitive search, and guess whom they chose to be their landlord? The privately-held for-profit company owned by the longest-serving Board member! Have they no sense of good governance and non-profit ethics? It is shameful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the tabloid newspapers, when the co-founder is caught doing unethical things.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Disband the Executive Staff and re-elect the Board from a sample of experienced professionals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching them try to cover up scandals before they are (inevitably) leaked to the press anyhow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

vindictive, secretive, aloof, and almost displaying cult-like behaviors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spend about $3.5 million on program services and distribute the rest to unnecessary priorities that call into question the entire operation as a "non-profit".

Ways to make it better...

the Foundation was populated with people who have experience in education, publishing, and knowledge management, rather than options trading and soft-porn web hosting.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Reputation and accountability issues.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Humanity has been cheated out of truly world-changing educational content, thanks to this Board's inability to get out from under the adverse influence of the founder.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I contributed editorial services, willingly, until I found out about the self-dealing scandals.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Inc.
July 17, 2009

An organization that advocates for the outright theft of licensed creative capital is suspicious in my book. Then when you learn that less than 50% of their inbound revenues actually get spent on program services -- that's reprehensible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

job-placement for Mike Godwin.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field