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Sergey Brin donated $ 500000 dollars to Wikimedia


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The Wikimedia Foundation has received the largest donation in the current fundraising campaign, which was launched this week. Half a million dollars came from the charitable fund of Brin Wojcicki Foundation, created by Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki.

The money will be a significant contribution to the common fund. The grants and donations are the main source of existence for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. The money comes from the users, they usually donate about 5-10 euro. Fortunately, some people can part with a greater amount of money.

"This grant is an important endorsement of the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and I hope it will send a signal as we kick off our annual fundraising campaign this week," Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said in a statement. "This is how Wikipedia works: people use it, they like it, and so they help pay for it, to keep it freely available for themselves and for everyone around the world. I am very grateful to Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki for supporting what we do."

The Wikimedia projects serve 477 million unique users every month (comScore, October 2011), as well Wikipedia is the #5 most visited website on the web. There are more than 20 million articles in 280 languages were compiled by the community, which numbers more than 100 thousand people.

The #5 site on the web is far behind its competitors concerning the technical equipment. For example, Google has about a million servers, and Yahoo is employing about 13 000 employees. For comparison, the Wikimedia Foundation has only 679 servers and 95 employees, namely, they are forced to save on everything.
Sparks 19 november 2011, 18:22
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