Jimmy Wales is ‘character approved’

Today the USA Network announced that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has been chosen for their debut recognition award, Character Approved.  Jimmy is one of seven recipients – all of which are recognized figures in the arts, philanthropy, food, architecture, and technology.  The USA Network (a US-based cable TV operation) will run the spots featuring Jimmy and the other recipients over the next few weeks.  Jimmy’s videos can also be found on the award’s web portal.
And even more excellent, the recognition comes with a $10,000USD gift for a charity of the recipients choice.  Jimmy has chosen to share this gift with the non-profit project that started it all.  A big thanks to Jimmy.
Jay Walsh, Head of Communications
2015-08-03: Edited to remove broken thumbnail image

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Congratulations to Jimmy and the entire Wikipedia team. I thought the short vignette was an especially effective summary statement of the purpose and aspirations for Wikimedia and everyone who cares about the importance of providing broad access to information as a tool for transforming individuals, communities and even the world. Seeing these videos makes me feel good about the donations I’ve made to the Wikimedia Foundation. Keep up the good work.