If I donate to Wikimedia, where does my money go?
To people and technology. Even though Wikipedia and its sister projects together reach 398 million people every month, we employ only 54 people; see our staff overview. Roughly half work on technology, a small team supports our public outreach and volunteer cultivation activities, and the remaining staff work in fundraising and administration. In addition, your support helps to pay for the technology infrastructure (servers and bandwidth) that keeps Wikipedia running and growing.
Fundamentally, the Wikimedia Foundation exists to support and grow the enormous network of volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia and its sister projects -- more than 100,000 people around the world.
In a nutshell, what is Wikipedia?
is the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia. It's online, free to use for any purpose, and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 17 million volunteer-authored articles in over 265 languages, and is visited by more than 398 million people every month, making it the fifth most-popular site in the world.
It is a collaborative creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people during the past nine years: anyone can edit it, at any time. Wikipedia is the largest collection of shared knowledge in human history, and the people who support it are united by their love of learning, their intellectual curiosity, and their awareness that we know much more together, than any of us does alone.
Where can I find more financial information?
20082009 Annual Report
The 20082009 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report covers the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009) with a look-ahead to the next. This is our second annual report. The Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report is a summary of the organization's financials, program activities, milestones and accomplishments.
* Launch of Wikimedia's Usability Initiative
* Wikimedia joins the Creative Commons
* Wikimania conference in Alexandria, Egypt
* Wikimedia's open strategy planning process begins
* Successful fundraising and expansion of core operations
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