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The Wikimedia Foundation has received $ 20 million dollars from more than one million people


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The Wikimedia Foundation has concluded its annual campaign for collection of donations for development of its projects, the biggest of which is Wikipedia. According to the Foundation’s representative Jay Walsh, during this campaign was raised $ 20 million dollars from more than one million people almost in every country in the world.

Past campaign was most successful ever for the Wikimedia Foundation, continuing an unbroken streak in which donations have risen every year since the campaigns began in 2003. You may consider that banners with Jimbo and others are very funny, but this model really works.

The number of Wikimedia Foundation donors has increased ten-fold since 2008 and the total dollar amount raised in the campaign has risen to over $20 million from $4.5 million.

Executive Director of the Wikipedia Foundation Sue Gardner said:
“Our model is working fantastically well. Ordinary people use Wikipedia and they like it, so they chip in some cash so it will continue to thrive. That maintains our independence and lets us focus solely on providing a useful public service. I am so grateful to our donors for making that possible. I promise them we will use their money carefully and well”.
According to Jay Walsh, 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.

Wikipedia contains over 20 million articles in 282 languages and it is the largest encyclopedia in human history. Over 100,000 volunteers work on Wikipedia and its 10 sister projects (including projects like Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, and Wiktionary), furthering the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission to freely share the sum of all human knowledge. On January 15, 2012, Wikipedia will celebrate its 11th anniversary.

via Wikimedia blog
Sparks 4 january 2012, 14:53
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