This fundraising report was written by Wikimedia France (WMFr). Wikimédia France and Wikimedia Foundation have signed a fundraising agreement in July 2012. According to this agreement, internet users whose IP are located in France or in the French overseas territories and departments willl see the call for donation banners on Wikimedia projects, and will be redirected towards a donation form to Wikimedia France.
Wikimédia France has made its fundraising campaign (on projects in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Breton, and Corsican) in the following French territories:
- Guadeloupe and its dependancies
- French Guiana
- Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
- Wallis and Futuna
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- French Southern Territories
The 2012 fundraising campaign has raised around € 1,636,608 offered by more than 59,000 donors. It is the biggest amount of money ever raised by Wikimédia France.
Wikimédia France has been taking part in the fundraising campaign since 2007 for an ever increasing amount collected.
The association is one of the 3 chapters which run the 2012 fundraising campaign on the Wikimedia projects with the Foundation.
The fundraising campaign
The fundraising campaign was based on the banners affixed on the various Wikimedia projects (cf. the Bannières et dons part)
6 types of banners have been tested with and without links to the CRM:
- Jimmy Wales' call; (on CRM) Jimmy CRM; (on a landing page) Jimmy Landing Page
- The blue banner linking to the (call for donations)
- The grey dropdown banner with Jimmy's call linked to the CRM.
- The yellow banner with short message by Jimmy, linking to the with the shortened form.
- The yellow sticky banner linking to the CRM with the shortened form.
- The small yellow sliding banner with the tax exemption note linking to the CRM with a shortened form.
The thank you campaign
From January 1st to January 6th, 2013, thank you banners by the president of WMFr and two contributors have been uploaded to the Wikimedia projects. These were dead-end banners, free of any link to the donation form. They used the grey dropdown banner format.
The 2012 fundraising campaign was officially launched on November 13, 2012 at midnight and ended on December 31 at midnight, together with the German and Swiss chapters. However, tests have been made before the campaign to assess the level of donations in 2012, the new CRM and the transformation of the different banners.
- test 1 on October 18, 2012 : 3 hours
- test 2 on October 24, 2012 : 2h30
- test 3 on October 31, 2012 : 6 hours
- test 4 on November 8, 2012 :1 hour
- test 5 on November 12, 2012 : 8 hours
|From October 18 to November 12||Classical call by Jimmy Wales|
|From November 8 to November 15||Blue banner|
|From November 15 to November 28||Grey dropdown banner|
|From November 28 to December 4||Yellow banner (with shortened form)|
|From December 4 to December 26||Yellow sticky banner (with shortened form)|
|From December 26 to December 31||Yellow sticky banner with the tax exemption note and the link to the shortened form|
|From January 1st to January 6||Thank you banner|
|January 6||End of the campaign for Wikimedia France|
The 2012 campaign raised over €1,636,000 from over 59,000 donors. As a reminder, the 2011 fundraising had raised €1,041,000 offered by 38,000 donors. This represents a 57,2% raise in donations and a 55% raise in the number of donors. The average amount of money given is € 27.65.
The distribution of donations is as follows:
- - 51,611 donors gave around €1,424,000 by credit card, which represents 87 % of total donations.
- - Over 6,400 donors offered around €113,000 by checks, which represents 11 % of total donations.
- - Over 1,200 donors offered around €40,000 by wire transfer, which represents 2 % of total donations.
Online payment solution
Two costs are associated with the online payment solution :
- Ogone's costs — Ogone provides the payment interface — , which cost €29 a month plus a commission of 14 cents before tax for each transaction after the hundredth transaction.
- The costs of our bank, the Société Générale, which withdraws 0,65% of each donation (1% for credit cards outside the European Union)
According to the 2011 accounting books, which were published in June 2012, those expenses can be evaluated respectively to around €10,000 (+250%) and €6,500 (+62.5%) for the 2012 fundraising.
Processing of tax receipts
For all donations by check, a secretary enters the contact informations of the donors and issues the tax receipts. A fixed term hiring was started mid-december to help the first secretary with the administrative management of the donations given the number of checks received.
According to the 2011 accounting books, which were published in June 2012, those expenses can be evaluated to around €9,000. To this must be added indirect expenses on accounting and the work of the auditor. Those expenses rise with the number of donations.
The management of the fundraising is provided by the Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager who was assisted by the fundraising working group. Élisabeth, a freelance secretary, provides the administrative processing of donations relating to cheks and wire transfers (registration, issuance of tax receipts, ...). Relations with donors (questions, problems to make a donation, ...) and the rest of the Wikimedia movement as well as various reports, are provided by the Fundraising and Sponsorship Manager. Technical aspects (including related CRM) were mainly managed by the Project Manager and technology community.
Donations and et statistics
About the fundraising campaign
The 2012 french fundraising campaign raised around € 1.63 million in nearly 50 days. (graph 1). The optimization of the donation process from the November 19th and especially the introduction of the yellow sticky banner beginning from December 4th, helped to accelerate the campaign. Highlighting the tax deduction (for a donation made before December 31) also boosted the campaign after Christmas.
During the 50 days of campaign, a weekly trend has emerged. Apart from the Wednesday ( traditionally, people are not working on the afternoon ) donations are rather made the weekend (Sunday priority) with the inverse Monday and Friday as days less bankable. (graph 2).
The daily amounts raised, is between € 11 010 (27th November 2012) to € 76 480 (5th December 2012), for an average of € 26 980 / day.
Flows donations have more or less the same trend on a daily basis, with a peak before and after lunch, and a peak before and after dinner. (graph 3).
Mostly of donations come from Wikipedia in French. However, a donor of 10 comes from the English version, the remainder split between other projects and other Wikipedia languages.
Distribution of donations and medium
(of donations amount)
(of donations number)
|5€ < 9.9€||6 470€||1 255||0.4%||2.1%|
|10€ < 19.9€||198 389€||18 875||12.1%||31.9%|
|20€ < 29.9€||381 898€||19 080||23.3%||32.2%|
|30€ < 49.9€||306 794€||10 185||18.7%||17.2%|
|50€ < 99.9€||337 018€||6 659||20.6%||11.3%|
|100€ < 499.9€||349 680€||3 049||21.4%||5.2%|
|500€ <||56 360€||76||3.4%||0.1%|
The donors on WMFR's websites and Wikimedia projects were proposed default amounts of 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 and a free-to-choose amount. The minimum amount is 5 €.
The average of a donation made via wikimedia.fr is € 39.26 while a donation made through a Wikimedia project is € 27.53. (Graph 4).
Banners and donations
- Success rate of banners :
|Date||Banner||Number of donations||Average number/day||Amount of donations||Average amount/day||Average donation||percentage
of the amount
|From 12/11 to 14/11||The Blue banner||2 778||926||80 177€||26 726€||28.86€||5.1%||6.0%|
|From 15/11 to 27/11||The grey dropdown banner with a Jimmy's appeal||8 066||620||236 147€||18 165€||29.28€||15.1%||26.0%|
|From 28/11 to 03/12||The short yellow banner with de Jimmy's appeal||4 1878||698||119 642€||19 940€||28.57€||7.6%||12.0%|
|From 04/12 to 25/12||The short yellow sticky banner||33 732||1533||860 654€||39 121€||25.51€||54.9%||44.0%|
|From 26/12 to 31/12||The short yellow sticky banner with the tax exemption note||7 905||1318||269 653€||44 942€||34.11€||17.2%||12.0%|
- Click-trought-rate and conversion rate (graph 5.)
|Date||Banner||Click-trought-rate average||Conversion rate average|
|From 12/11 to 14/11 (1)||The Blue banner||0.339%||2.27%|
|From 15/11 to 27/11 (2)||The grey dropdown banner with a Jimmy's appeal||0.026%||14.29%|
|From 28/11 to 03/12 (3)||The short yellow banner with de Jimmy's appeal||0.045%||11.08%|
|From 04/12 to 25/12 (4)||The short yellow sticky banner||0.069%||20.41%|
|From 26/12 to 31/12 (5)||The short yellow sticky banner with the tax exemption note||0.048%||27.92%|
The Click-trought-rate average is the average rate click on a banner during the relevant period. Ex: from 12/11 to 14/11, 0.33% of people seeing the banner clicked on the button "I make a donation" and once on the donation form, 2.27% of them completed the required informations and made their donation.
The yellow sticky banner implementated from December 4th, resulted in a significant increase in the number of donations, but also the Click-trought-rate and the conversion rate visitor / donor. However, the number of donations (cf. graph Daily follow-up (1)) and the Click-trought-rate crumbled steadily over the weeks.
The second yellow sticky banner which mention the tax deduction helped stabilize the Click-trought-rate and double the conversion rate. It has also helped to increase the average donation of 33% and significantly boost the amount raised per day (+15%).
The article 200 of the French General Tax Code entitles you to a deduction of 66% (for individuals) in the amount of their donations on their next income tax (up to a limit of 20% of their taxes). The article 238 bis of the French General Tax Code entitles you to a deduction of 60% (for companies) in the amount of their donations on their next tax on companies (up to a limit of 5 per thousand of their turnover).
66% of donors asked for a tax receipt, but it represents 78% of the amount raised. (Graph 5.) 2.3% of donors are companies but it represents almost 4% of the amount raised. 80% of companies asked for a tax receipt.
|Type||Total amount||Tax receipts amount||Percentage
of donors who want a receipt
|5€ < 9.9€||6 470€||1 575€||24.3%|
|10€ < 19.9€||198 389€||94 161€||47.5%|
|20€ < 29.9€||381 898€||259 313€||67.9%|
|30€ < 49.9€||306 794€||254 432€||82.9%|
|50€ < 99.9€||337 018€||295 487€||87.7%|
|100€ < 499.9€||349 680€||320 792€||91.7%|
|500€ <||56 360€||52 860€||93.8%|