Wikimedia Foundation


August 13, 2022

The Wikimedia Foundation, officially known in English Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, in the state of California (United States of America), incorporated under the laws of the state of Florida. It is the parent organization of different collaborative projects (wiki) where the best known is Wikipedia (Wikipédia).


Its existence was officially announced by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on June 20, 2003. The name "Wikimedia" was coined by Sheldon Rampton on a mailing list in March 2003, three months after the appearance of Wiktionary , the second wiki project after Wikipedia on servers in Wales. Three months later the foundation was announced under this name. The domain names and were acquired for the foundation, by Daniel Mayer. The chief executive of WMF since 2016 is Katherine Maher.


The foundation is located in San Francisco, USA. I work with a handful of collaborative and encyclopedic projects, where the foundation is responsible for technical maintenance but the content is produced by a movement (the community) of volunteer writers. The projects are accessible via the Internet and without restrictions or price. The foundation's income comes from donations, through the annual campaigns through the same projects. Its projects include Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikidata, Wikivoyage (Wikivoyages), Wikimedia Incubator and Meta-Wiki.


External links

Wikimedia Foundation (English) Statutes Archived 2005-12-01 at the Wayback Machine.PDF (English)