Wikimedia Foundation


October 17, 2021

The Wikimedia Foundation Inc. is a non-profit American organization that provides the material foundation for numerous online communities that create content that is freely distributed; performs control functions in them. Communities work on the "wiki" technology, hence the name (-media here - short for "multimedia"). Most of the work to create "free content" (texts and images distributed under GFDL, CC-BY (-SA) or in the public domain) and "free code" (GPL licensed software) users. Jimmy Wales, the founder of the then-existing Wikipedia, announced the founding of the Wikimedia Foundation on June 20, 2003. The Wikimedia International Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates through donations. All projects supported by the fund: Wikipedia, Wiktionary (explanatory dictionary), Wikiquote (a collection of statements of famous people), Wikibooks (online library), Wikinews (news portal) and others, free from advertising and non-profit. Employees of the fund are responsible for technical support.

Material basis

The Foundation's activities are carried out through voluntary donations. Fundraising campaigns are conducted by the Foundation on a regular basis. So in January 2010 it was announced that for the 2009/10 financial year the fund managed to raise $ 8 million, donations were made by 240 thousand individuals and legal entities from around the world. In February 2010, $ 2 million was donated by Google to the development of Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation Inc has announced a fundraising campaign in 2011 to support the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and related resources. The 2010/11 campaign lasted from November 15, 2010 to January 15, 2011. During this time, $ 16 million was raised. The following year, $ 24 million was donated, and $ 35 million in July 2012-April 2013. The funds are spent, first of all, on support and maintenance of servers and data centers, software development, implementation of various projects. Detailed financial statements can be viewed on the Foundation's website. Wikimedia Foundation Projects Inspired by the success of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone

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