Thursday, July 05, 2007

What I Learned From Wikipedia

Now, I wouldn't defend Wikipedia as a reference in a research paper. But I really have to say that I'm finding it a handy-dandy tool in learning about lots of other things.

Last month I started a new job, still in Fundraising, but now in Planned Giving. This has added a huge learning curve to my adjustment, since I need to know things about the world of finance that were hitherto unknown to me. And Wikipedia has come to my rescue! In the past week I've learned about:

  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Adjusted Gross Income
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Warren Buffet (and the impact of his zillion dollar recent gift to charity)
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

It's all there, in a neat, easy-to-digest package. I feel the need to thank Wikipedia for making my job easier.

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