Wikimedia Raises $20 Million From Over 1 Million Donors
Wikipedia is a popular search engine website that is more educational and informative than other search engine sites. Many people depend on the site from students writing papers, other educational people, or just individuals seeking information about virtually any topic. Here is some more information about Wikipedia and the foundation that supports it:
“Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and other sites, this morning announced that they’ve raised $20 million from more than a million donors, shattering a record once again. The organization says donations have risen every year since its global fundraising campaigns began in 2003.
Wikimedia Foundation claims its sites now serve more than 470 million people every month. Wikipedia, which will celebrate its 11th anniversary in about two weeks, now boasts over 20 million articles in 282 languages.
The organization says more than 100,000 volunteers work on Wikipedia and sister projects.
The foundation employs approximately 80 people full-time.”
It is amazing what all this foundation does and the amount of people that it impacts on the internet. Here is a quote from the press release:
“The annual fundraiser is how the Wikimedia Foundation pays its bills. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to buy and install servers and other hardware, to develop new site functionality, expand mobile services, provide legal defense for the projects, and support the large global community of Wikimedia volunteers.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s total 2011-12 planned spending is 28.3 million USD. The bulk of that is raised during the annual campaign, and the remainder comes throughout the year in the form of grants from institutions such as the Sloan Foundation, and many other small donations year round.”
It will be interesting to see how the Wikimedia foundation continues to grow and impact people on the world wide web.