to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.
And we need your help.
|Help empower the world with free knowledge!
The Wikimedia Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization: We are thousands of volunteers across the globe (and 8 paid staff in Florida) working to provide free knowledge to every person in the world.
In the past year, Wikimedia grew by two hundred and fifty percent: Wikipedia is one of the 20 most visited websites in the world now, receiving five percent of all internet traffic. Hundreds of thousands of people wrote and edited, our tireless programmers kept the servers running on a shoestring, and donors (that's you!) kept the wiki pages free of ads.
(Graph to come: breakdown of expenses. 82% program, 13% management, and 5% fundraising.)
Most of our money is spent on hardware. Millions of people read our content; to keep the websites online (and to let them load quickly), we need to maintain roughly 250 servers and buy a huge amount of bandwidth.
Last year, we spent $(insert amount), which included server acquisition and upkeep, rackspace within a colocation center, purchase of domain names, sponsorship of specific software development tasks, staff salaries, and, occasionally, travel expenses. (See Budget/2005 for the latest budget, and meta:Wikimedia servers/hardware orders for details of the hardware we ordered after our last fundraising drive.)
But traffic keeps increasing, and funding is tight. Thanks to our programmers, we can still keep Wikipedia going for much less than comparably popular sites, so we've set a goal for this fundraiser of $1,000,000.
The Wikimedia Foundation has helped pioneer collaborative content creation, and we have a lot of exciting ideas. We want to find new ways for people to work together, new ways to think about writing, photographing, and coding. We're also pursuing grants to fund the packaging and distribution of Wikimedia content to places that do not have access to the Internet.
Every donation can make a big difference.
If you have any questions about donations or about the Wikimedia Foundation, please contact us.
Donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
Donations may or may not be tax-deductible elsewhere. See deductibility of donations.
One-time donations do not require a PayPal account
See PayPal's list of supported national currencies
You can donate via regular mail to Wikimedia's mailbox at the following address:
- Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
- 200 2nd Ave. South #358
- St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4313
Please make the check payable to 'Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.'
If you donate outside the U.S., please use an international money order or a check payable on a U.S. bank, to avoid collection costs. Sending a foreign check (or any other draft drawn on a bank outside the U.S.) may involve processing fees exceeding $50.
International money orders payable in the U.S. are available in post offices in many countries, and will ensure your complete donation goes to Wikimedia.
Please do not send currency through the mail.
The Wikimedia Foundation has a Dexia bank account in Belgium that accepts money transfers.
- Account holder: Wikimedia Foundation
- Bank: Dexia bank - Pachecolaan 44 - 1000 Brussel - Belgium
- IBAN: BE43 0689 9999 9501
- BIC (swift code): GKCCBEBB
For Belgium and countries not using the IBAN-system:
- Belgian bank account number: 068-9999995-01
Disclaimer: Please note that neither this page nor any link on any Wikimedia site pointing to this page should be considered a solicitation to make a donation.
Public donor lists
- PayPal donations in March 2024 with links to daily public donor lists. (update function not perfect)
- PayPal donations in 2024 with links to monthly lists
- PayPal donations in 2005 with links to monthly lists. (data prior to 26 Feb 2005 not in this reporting system)