Wikipedia hits $20 million fundraising target

Wikipedia, one of the most popular web sites in the world, can continue with its operations for at least another year. Today the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that funds the free online encyclopedia, announced on its web site, "We've taken down our fundraising banners, because we’ve hit our target." In another blog post, the group stated that it had raised over $20 million in this new fundraising effort. Back in 2008, the non-profit raised just $4.5 million to keep Wikipedia online for a year.

In this year's fundraising campaign, the Wikimedia Foundation said that over one million people donated money to keep Wikipedia going. That represents an increase of 10 times the number of people who donated money to the group back in 2008.

The $20 million that was raised this year will be used by the foundation 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 actual budget for the web site's next fiscal year is $28.3 million. The foundation will raise the rest of the money via grants from other organizations along with small donations made by individuals year round.

Wikipedia will celebrate its 11th anniversary on January 15. Over 100,000 volunteers write for Wikipedia and its various sister sites. Wikipedia now has 20 million articles in 282 languages and is the fifth busiest web site in the world.

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Me too, I gave $5. Its one site that does what I think the internet is for: 'The sharing of information' and 'The bringing of people closer together' in an un-biased, genuinely free way!
Funny how the odd senator has wanted the abolishment of Wikipedia! Oh no we can't have an intelligent population that thinks for themselves!

I gave $5. It's not much but I felt guilty using the service all the time and not contributing. I'll usually contribute to any free service (must also be ad free) that I use regularly, such as public radio or SomaFM.

About time they replaced Jimbo Wales' and other "lost puppy eyes" pics with something more appealing like smiling Sue. If she'd been there in the first place, I'd probably be more inclined to leave my monies there *cough* *cough*

Seriously, it'll be pointless buying more space, personally as someone mentioned, it's all full text difs and stuff nobody will care to look at, I mean who really wants to know the history change for http://en.wikipedia.org/w/inde...8120553&oldid=262277397 (Randomly Generated Link)

I mean really, it's all full of vandalized articles anyways, why do they need to keep the history for user pages such as Jimmy Wales, as it's so full of crap and vandalism from all the haters.

No wonder their banners where up longer if they wanted $20 Million.
I know things are more expensive etc, but people probably had more money back in 2008, and they only wanted $4.5 Million then!

Wombatt said,
No wonder their banners where up longer if they wanted $20 Million.
I know things are more expensive etc, but people probably had more money back in 2008, and they only wanted $4.5 Million then!

I'm sure there were some nice salary adjustments over the last 3 years

I really wish they have some ads than the banner ads for donation... like the text ads from google maybe...

still1 said,
I really wish they have some ads than the banner ads for donation... like the text ads from google maybe...

In their donation appeal pages, they said that they can easily place advertisements on Wikipedia, but they feel they really don't belong there. They want users to come there to educate and learn without being distracted. I think it's great that they continue to be able to support themselves off of donations.

still1 said,
I really wish they have some ads than the banner ads for donation... like the text ads from google maybe...

Dude wtf... Wikipedia is a place for learning, an online library... All those encyclopedias are libraries in the real world are obsolete, crap, I would never be interested in any of it anymore... The online encyclopedias also suck, don't provide enough information on a given subject, and are COMPLETELY BIASED towards technology...even though the online encyclopedias are online...

Wikipedia is the one good place on the Internet that succeeds any type of encyclopedia or library online or offline out there. It's a real-time encyclopedia that is always changing and evolving. I can get information on Android ICS or WP7 Mango, C++, C#, Apple, iOS, etc, etc. They got better information and data than any other encyclopedia because they are not biased or anything towards technology and embrace it. I learn on Wikipedia because it has everything you'll ever need to know.

...long story short, when the next donation begins, I will GLADLY pay a hefty donation to Wikipedia for all the good work they've done. They rightly deserve it, and the only reason I haven't before is because I just turned 18 and I'm still in high school, but with my recent job, I can be part of the donation next year.

A community like Wikipedia so vastly used everyday can raise a great amount of money from donations, they are widely respected. They do not need advertisements crawling around their website, I don't want them, and I don't think anybody else wants them either.

Trueblue711 said,

In their donation appeal pages, they said that they can easily place advertisements on Wikipedia, but they feel they really don't belong there. They want users to come there to educate and learn without being distracted. I think it's great that they continue to be able to support themselves off of donations.

Sionic Ion said,

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Guys, I know Wikipedia's policy and i use Wikipedia a lot... The reason why i say that is because i dont wiki to get closed because of shortage of fund... Have you seen the fund raiser it met the fund only at the end and it could get harder when it grows... The pure intention of mine to wiki to exist.

I hope they get rid of all unused images on wiki , if not think how much space will they free up

Also cut there history dates or do a back up instead of every change, like every other change or once a day.

DrakeN2k said,
I hope they get rid of all unused images on wiki , if not think how much space will they free up

Also cut there history dates or do a back up instead of every change, like every other change or once a day.

The history log itself would use very little space overall since they are just diffs. Doing every other would use virtually the same amount of space and would not have the amount of granular definition the current setup has.

shinji257 said,

The history log itself would use very little space overall since they are just diffs. Doing every other would use virtually the same amount of space and would not have the amount of granular definition the current setup has.

Ah ok cool

shinji257 said,

The history log itself would use very little space overall since they are just diffs. Doing every other would use virtually the same amount of space and would not have the amount of granular definition the current setup has.

No, MediaWiki stores the full text of every revision ever made.