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Wikimedia Foundation to begin annual year-end contribution campaign
Non-profit appeals to readers ahead of Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary
San Francisco, CA. December 1, 2015 -- Today, Giving Tuesday, the Wikimedia
Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home> kicks off its annual
contribution campaign on English Wikipedia
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page> to support Wikipedia and its
sister projects. Wikipedia is supported predominantly by small individual
donations averaging $15. Ahead of Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary, we are
asking readers who value Wikipedia to help keep it online, ad-free, and
growing for years to come.
Wikipedia launched on January 15, 2001 with a bold vision: to create a
world in which every person could freely access the sum of all knowledge.
Written entirely by volunteers, Wikipedia has since grown to be one of the
most popular websites in the world. It offers more than 35 million articles
across nearly 300 languages, and its articles are viewed each month more
than 15 billion times. Together with its sister projects like Wikimedia
Commons <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page>, which includes more
than 29 million free images, videos, and audio files, Wikipedia helps
people everywhere discover and understand the world around them.
For nearly 15 years, people have experienced the joy of knowledge through
Wikipedia and its sister projects. Here are just a few recent examples:
Volunteer contributor and naturalist Jeevan Jose
from Kerala, India helped identify a new species of crane fly
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly> with his freely licensed
images on Wikimedia Commons.
Inventor Jack Andraka <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Andraka> used
Wikipedia’s science articles to develop a prototype for a potential
breakthrough method of cancer screening before his 17th birthday.
has been editing Wikipedia since she was 12. A budding scientist
herself, she started WikiProject Women Scientists
to have doubled coverage of women scientists on English Wikipedia.
Computer science graduate student Owen Cornec created WikiGalaxy
<http://wiki.polyfra.me/>, a 3D visualization that turns Wikipedia into a
galactic network of knowledge.
Volunteer editor Lourdes Cardenal, at the age of 75, is the
longest-running active editor on Spanish Wikipedia and a mentor to
Wikipedians around the world.
The Goodall family from Tierra del Fuego
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tierra_del_Fuego> sailed the Pacific
Ocean for a year, using Wikipedia
to discover the world -- from classification systems to civilizations.
Small donations allow the Wikimedia Foundation to keep Wikipedia and the
other websites fast, secure, and available, putting this knowledge in the
hands of people around the world for free. These contributions not only
help maintain critical systems, but enable improvements in technology to
keep Wikipedia relevant and easy to use.
The Foundation also uses donations to support the work of volunteer editors
who write and maintain Wikipedia. We offer resources to people and
organizations with great ideas that support the Wikimedia mission. We
defend editors when they are threatened. We stand against censorship, and
support open source, open licenses, and open access. We have programs that
make Wikipedia freely available for people with limited access to expensive
mobile data plans, believing they should have the same, unrestricted access
to Wikipedia that others have enjoyed over the last 15 years. Donor
contributions support these efforts.
As with previous campaigns, this year the Wikimedia Foundation will use a
variety of banner formats to reach the movement’s diverse global audience. This
year, the Wikimedia Foundation aims to raise $25 million in December
through the annual campaign on English Wikipedia. The remainder of the
Wikimedia Foundation’s funding comes from individuals gifts given outside
the year-end campaign, and from a handful of foundation grants.
To make a donation, click the fundraising appeal on Wikipedia, or go
directly to donate.wikimedia.org
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
operates Wikipedia. Wikipedia attracts more than 15 billion page views each
month. Every month roughly 75,000 people edit Wikipedia, collectively
creating, improving, and maintaining its more than 35 million articles
across nearly 300 languages -- this all makes Wikipedia one of the most
popular web properties in the world. Based in San Francisco, California,
the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily
through donations and grants.
Wikimedia Foundation Press Contact
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