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Pete Forsyth

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

Rating: 5 stars  

The Wikimedia Foundation is the steward of some of the most important work taking place online, and in the world. Wikipedia in dozens of languages, a massive repository of images and other multimedia available for free use, and much more. Because of the organization's unique model, the Foundation's budget of under $10 million is sufficient to host a top-5 web site, and many other sites as well, without advertising. This is one of the most important charitable efforts on the planet.

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

Wikipedia and related projects, increasingly, constitute an essential resource for all manner of research and communications.

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

Focus on the developing world, on supporting the existing volunteer base, and on educating the public about the unique model that makes Wikimedia's projects possible.

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

I have learned a great deal about a wide variety of topics, made important professional, volunteer, and social connections, and had the opportunity to share my knowledge with countless readers.

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

Motivated, intelligent, ethical, mission-driven.

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

It almost does! It could extend the reach of these important projects into the developing world, providing educational resources and other means of empowerment to those who need it most.

Ways to make it better...

No general complaints.

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

Managing growth.

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

You should find a way to contribute -- whether time, money, or expertise, just find a way to get involved! You won't regret it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I have made over 17,000 contributions/edits on Wikimedia projects, and am a consultant developing and implementing collaborative online systems.