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Review for Wikimedia Foundation Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I created the first wiki in 1995. The community of volunteers that assembled on my wiki, the work product they produced, and the software I wrote that supports them, have served as the inspiration for Wikipedia. I have watched Wikipedia grow from its inception. I have keynoted at the Wikimanina conference and serve on Wikimedia Foundation's advisory board. My own company, AboutUs.org, uses Mediawiki, the Foundation's open source wiki software. I have always been and continue to be impressed with the value that this organization produces. They understand every aspect and subtlety of my achievement and have gone on to amplify each one ten times over. The result is a singular contribution to humankind. I recognized early that my site's success depended on a complex trust relationship with my volunteer community. Wikipedia is similarly constrained. I recommend generous ongoing support through all philanthropic mechanisms so that Wikipedia can be preserved as a work and its volunteer community protected.

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

the influence it has had on volunteer content creation efforts everywhere.

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

their respect for their volunteers and the transparency in all these interactions.

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

passionate about sharing knowledge with all the people of the earth.

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

accelerate their outreach to the far corners of the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I invented wiki and now advise Wikimedia Foundation.