I don’t often use this blog as a platform to push “agendas” (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever used this blog for that purpose [not bad for being around for three years!]), but today, I’m breaking my self-imposed rule. It’s for a good cause, though – and the end of the story does make me smile, so technically this post is still in alignment with the overall “mission” of this blog space. 🙂 Okay, enough hedging – here goes:
This morning I was looking for some info, so I popped onto Wikipedia – and when I got there, I saw a message that read (in part), “Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 500 million different people every month – with 175 employees. Wikipedia could have been created as a for-profit company – but by keeping it a nonprofit, it stays ‘agenda-free’, and strives not to make money, but to make the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone. If everyone reading Wikipedia donated $3, our fundraiser would be done within an hour.”
It was that last sentence that got me. Just $3 to keep information free? Hell yeah! I immediately logged on to PayPal, and gave the Wikipedia crew three measly dollars. Now here’s the “agenda” part of this post: I challenge each of you to do the same. If you are reading this message, I know for a fact that you can afford $3. Skip your morning coffee – boom, $3 right there.
In the thank you note I received from the Wikipedia crew (seconds after clicking “Send” and confirming my money transfer) was this sentence: “Your donation makes the world a better place.”
You better believe it.
The feeling of satisfaction I received simply by taking five seconds to help do good for others definitely made me feel good. I posted this sentiment to Facebook, and challenged my online friends to kick in $3 to the good folks at Wikipedia – and this evening, I saw that my dad, my uncle, and one of my blogging pals (who lives in Spain!) accepted the challenge and sent their $3 (or the euro equivalent). So cool! Seeing other people support a cause I believe in made me feel even better than supporting it myself.
So now I’m curious: how many more people can I get to toss up $3 to Wikipedia? Of course there are so many worthy groups to give money to (and if you want a list, I can share with you all of the other groups I have donated to so far this year – I’d love for other people to back them, too!), but this one provides the invaluable gift of knowledge to millions of people all over the world – many of whom would simply not have access to information were it not for free online resources. And the Wikipedia crew is asking for such a tiny amount of cash – donating just seems like the ‘right’ thing to do.
If you choose not to donate, of course I’ll still like you. 🙂 But if you do choose to donate, can you please “like” this post and/or toss a quick comment beneath it? I’d love to amass more smiles for me as Wikipedia takes in more cash for their awesome work.
need my receipt?
and if you allow me to elaborate a little bit more… How much can be done everywhere in the world with a dollar or two in the right place?
Like our folks used to say and we still say : “you have to share” 🙂
Hopefully it will take wikipedia a couple of hours to keep on going!
Wow, your response was incredibly fast – I’m very impressed! And nope, no receipt required – I trust you at your word. 🙂
I agree with you that if everyone kicked in just a few dollars to people/organizations who strive to do good in the world, what a different world it would be.
Thank you for your support and your thoughtful comments – I truly appreciate it all.