Wikipedia Foundation Raises $20 Million
Have you ever been on Wikipedia and noticed that gigantic banner that once stretched across the top of the page with a picture of this guy?
That guy is Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia and the fundraiser that banner was promoting raised over 20 million dollars. The Wikipedia Foundation’s fundraising efforts for last year have ended, and they definitely reached their goal.
“We’ve taken down our fundraising banners, because we’ve hit our target. Thanks to you. Over the past few months, more than one million people have come together from all over the world to keep Wikipedia and its sister sites alive and flourishing for another year,” says a statement by the Wikipedia Foundation executive director, Sue Gardner.
The statement also includes that since 2008, the number of donators to the Wikipedia Foundation “increased ten-fold, and the total dollar amount raised in the campaign has risen to over $20 million from $4.5 million”, this being the most successful campaign of all time for the #5 most popular site in the world.