Wikimedia Foundation


October 23, 2021

The Wikimedia Foundation (officially English Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., abbreviated WMF) is a foundation that manages wiki projects Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikicests, Wikinews, Wikispecies, Wikiversity and others (especially development and coordination projects) . It was established on June 20, 2003 by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Florida (USA). free of charge. As part of the foundation's founding, Wales also transferred ownership of all Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Nupedia domain names to the foundation, including all copyrights to all material relating to these projects, which he or his company Bomis owned at the time. He also donated computer equipment to the foundation, on which the foundation's projects run. Bomis also currently finances some projects for operating and connecting to the Internet. The rest of the funding is raised by the foundation on a voluntary basis. The Wikimedia Foundation is a public charity and as such is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Tax Act. Donations to this foundation can be deducted from taxes in the United States and other countries. The name "Wikimedia" was suggested in March 2003 by Sheldon Rampton. The name is sometimes criticized for its resemblance to Wikipedia and MediaWiki, which sometimes leads to misunderstandings.


The Wikimedia Foundation currently runs the following community projects:


The so-called the branches complement the international activities of the Wikimedia Foundation. Local offices are established in different countries and are independent of the Wikimedia Foundation, but they work closely with it and support its goals locally. In particular, they support foundation projects, the creation of free content or the organization of workshops, conferences, etc. Currently, 37 local branches are established around the world.

Wikimedia Czech Republic

The Wikimedia Czech Republic association is based in the Czech Republic, the aim of which is primarily to promote and support free creation in the Czech Republic, focusing on Wikimedia Foundation projects.



This article uses material from the English Wikipedia article Wikimedia Foundation.

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External links

Pictures, sounds or videos about Wikimedia Foundation on Wikimedia Commons Official Wikimedia Foundation website Wikimedia Czech Republic Statutes (PDF) Official Foundation Charter - A two-page TIFF based on the Florida Department of the Interior website Wikimedia Foundation Inc. Public Record on the Florida Department of the Interior website Announcement of the foundation Design by Sheldon Rampton July 29, 2011 - Good morning on ČT1 - Wikipedia entries in the whole broadcast (chairman and vice-chairman of Wikimedia CR)

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