Today, Wikimedia Foundation announced that they just concluded their 9th annual fundraising campaign, which ran on English Wikipedia in 5 countries (United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand) and collected a whopping $25 Million in donation from 1.2 million donors in just 9 days.
The collected $25 Million will ensure that Wikipedia and other sites that it operates to remain ad-free and will be used to maintain server infrastructure, support global projects like increasing the number of editors, improving the software that “make Wikipedia accessible globally to billions of people who are just beginning to access the internet.” Another fundraising campaign will be conducted for the rest of the world in April 2013.
Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation said “I’m grateful that the Wikipedia fundraiser was so successful. Our supporters are wonderful and without them we could not do the job of delivering free content worldwide,”…“We’re thrilled to be able to introduce our readers to the editors around the world who create Wikipedia and to invite our readers to join in editing.”
If you can remember early this year, Wikimedia Foundation said that they raised around $20 million (USD) from more than 1 million donors for their 2011 Fundraiser which lasted for 46 days.
As of this posting WikiMedia have not release the Annual Plan for 2013, though you can visit 2011-12 Wikimedia Foundation annual report to know how they spend that $20 million that they raised last year.
You can read the WikiMedia’s announcement here.
Last modified: December 28, 2012