Last year, some reports tied the December fundraiser in Firefox to Mozilla's just-issued financials -- revenue was flat in 2013 compared to the year before, and expenses were up dramatically -- which forced Surman and Denelle Dixon-Thayer, who leads the Mozilla's business and legal affairs, to deny any linkage.
"Some articles have stated that our search revenue is declining and suggested there is a link between our search deals and our philanthropic fundraising campaigns," Surman and Dixon-Thayer wrote at the time. "Neither thing could be further from the truth."
In 2014, the Mozilla Foundation's revenue -- exclusive of the search deals that went to Mozilla Corp. -- was $19.3 million, a 44% year-over-year increase. While the bulk came from donations, $6.1 million was from payments by Mozilla Corp. to license trademarks, notably that for Firefox, which the foundation controls. The organization spent the largest amount, $8.7 million, on salaries and employee benefits and other compensation, an increase of 41% for that line item over 2013.
Firefox users who want to donate to the Mozilla Foundation -- and who do not see the plea in their browser -- can do so from this website.
Firefox's start screen may show this year's virtual 'beg-a-thon,' an annual effort that the Mozilla Foundation runs in December to bring in money for lobbying and educational projects. Credit: Firefox
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