Wikimedia Foundation 2016 Annual Report
Wikipedia is made up of facts − funny, historical, even controversial. And facts help us understand our world.
This year, more than 70,000 volunteers added 5 million articles to Wikipedia, and more than 1 billion devices visited our sites—every month—to read them.
Consider the facts
- Wikipedia is updated almost 350 times a minute
- There are more than 1,650 languages spoken in India
- Only 17% of Wikipedia’s biographies are about women
- More than 1 trillion photos were taken in 2016
- Most Wikipedia articles are in languages other than English
- Half of refugees are school-age
- 2016 was the hottest year on record
- One in six people visited another country in 2016
- ‘OK’ is the most widely understood word, globally
- 239 million people used the internet for the first time in 2016
- We received 5.4 million donations last year
Providing context amid complexity
What we stand for
Wikipedia was born of an impossible idea: that every single human could share in the sum of all knowledge.
A letter from Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia is now 16 years old. People entering university today have never known a world without Wikipedia. It has existed from the time they first started learning to read.
Thank you to our donors!
We are grateful to be supported by people around the world in so many ways. Writers, editors, photographers, teachers, programmers, designers, and donors all contribute towards the fulfillment of our mission.
2016 financial position
Transparency is a core principle of the Wikimedia Foundation and we are proud to be recognized as one of the most transparent non-profit organizations in the world. Our annual plan and operating budget are developed through open processes, subject to community feedback and Board approval, and always available to the public for full review.