I just sent Wikipedia five bucks. As someone who uses Wikipedia and finds it useful, I’m willing to donate in the hope that it grows, improves, and generally does better than the year before. I don’t know or think that it’s perfectly run or that they spend every dollar perfectly. No organization does. I didn’t do any diligence. I haven’t seen anything horrendous posted with regards to cash management there and it’s five bucks, so I just sent the money. I try to come down on the side of ‘do they do more good than harm’. That’s true of Wikipedia and every other organization that asks for funds. It’s not always easy to tell, but I can feel ok about being less diligent at $5 than I would at $500.
I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.