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Who hasn’t used Wikipedia at some point?

It had never occurred to me how it was funded – until now that is…

Visit Wikipedia this week and you’ll get a message like this one:

Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 500 million different people every month – with billions of page views.

Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.

When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it lean and tight. We fulfill our mission efficiently.

If everyone reading this donated, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. But not everyone can or will donate. And that’s fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.

This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia.


Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder

I decided I agree with this and made a £3 donation, hoping that maybe everyone else would do the same! I wouldn’t blink at spending £3 on an actual encyclopaedia and it wouldn’t be half as good.