1. Expenses by program (excludes staff and operations).
Please see tables below.
2. Total expenses. Please use this table to summarize your organization's total expenses overall.
Please see tables below.
Wikimedia Foundation financial overview graphics
To help reviewers understand the financials, we have prepared overview graphics. The full details are available in the financial tables below these.
Note to above: Movement Strategy and Wikimedia Brand and Identity will be funded with Board Designated Funds and are not shown here.
Note to above: This table shows only operating expenses. It excludes the $2M of expenses that are funded from our surplus designated or conditioned by the Board of Trustees for specific and non-recurring investments.
WMF fundraising teams operate according to industry best practices and leverage a lean staffing model that relies on significant contractor support, particularly for: donor services (responding to approximately 80,000 donor emails), online fundraising campaign data analysis, email and banner campaign design, matching gifts facilitation. Additionally, contractors will support shipping and fulfillment and translation services
The Wikipedia Library program relies on contract support to continue to expand the quantity and language availability of their resources. In Community Engagement, contractors also support temporary and long-term projects, which this year includes the design of Wikimedia Resource Center, gender diversity program development, coordination of software development between WMF and communities, maintenance of the dashboard, Wikimania coordination, and community capacity development.
Audiences (formerly Product)
The Product department continues to make Wikipedia a rewarding experience for the users through a combination of user research, community discussions and user product development. Many projects and initiatives are supported heavily by contract services throughout the year, some of these contract services include CiviCRM system support, PCI compliance support, interfacing OpenStreetMap community & data development, monthly regression testings, support for field user testings, and other 3rd party resources required for the program activities described under Product.
To ensure Wikimedia's sites and services are running reliably, securely while modernizing the infrastructure and improving the current level of services, the Technology department oftentimes leverages contract services to support their goals and long-term projects. This year the required contract services included support for QA services for mobile research, support for benchmarking, research, technical writing, and other assistance required for the program activities described under Technology
The Communications dept relies heavily on contractors and service providers to amplify their capacity in the areas of: public relations consulting to support awareness and positive public messaging of the Wikimedia projects, digital media content production, campaign production and management, design and production of brand materials including the annual report, CRM, blog hosting, communications intern, videography and video editing
The Legal dept requires contract support for trademark protection services, translation services, legal interns, transparency report design
Talent & Culture
The Talent and Culture dept requires contract support to supplement Diversity and Inclusion program services; performance management consulting; ongoing salary and benefits benchmarking and consulting.
The Finance and Administration Dept will leverage part time administrative and operational support, 3rd party contract community finance research and support, operational system improvement
Governance requires contract support for administrative services, meeting facilitation, consulting projects.
Total Annual Operating Expenses
Table #7: Other Expense, excluding Cross Departmental Programs
Rent, janitorial, maintenance, and other facility expenses
Wikidata (excluding an additional $242k that is included in the Structured Data program)
Payroll fees, benefits administration fees, and other personnel related fees not included in staffing costs
Staff training and all staff meetings
Wikimania event costs
Accounting and tax services, banking fees
IT desk and office equipment
Computer software subscription
Volunteer development and other community events
Printing, Office Supplies, Postage and other supplies
Data center property taxes
Subscriptions, reference, membership and registration fees
Merchandise, giveaways, promotions and fulfillment costs