In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just thanked Wikimedia Foundation for giving Wikipedia to me and the rest of the world.

Almost every day, I search some topic on-line. Often, the first search result I click on is Wikipedia. Usually I also move on to another page on the site, clicking on an embedded link to a related topic. And I always go to a footnoted primary source.¬† So it’s fair to say I’m a frequent Wikipedia user.

Today was the first time I’ve made a donation to Wikipedia’s sponsor, the Wikimedia Foundation. They asked me (via a thank you page) why I gave today. Smart question. One many fundraisers would be well advised to ask more often. Here’s what I said:

Please join me in supporting the amazing resource called Wikipedia. Click on the “Thanks, Wikipedia” button in the column to your right. And check out their¬†strategic plan, too. It’s ambitious and makes me so hopeful for the state of our world. Knowledge is power, and Wikipedia makes me – and you – more powerful, more empowered, more capable of reaching my goals in life.