Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Music show: Mahalia, Ariana Grande & Willie Nelson

Read more

FOCUS

Tramadol: Cameroon’s low-budget opioid crisis

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU citizens’ consultations: Macron’s efforts to renew Europe

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Strengthening ties Down Under: The man charged with promoting Australia in France

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Jagland: ‘Would be disastrous if Russia pulls out of Council of Europe’

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Much ado about nothing? Actress Natalie Portman's boycott of 'Jewish Nobel awards' sparks backlash

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump: Strategic BFFs?

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'Badass': Accolades pour in for Southwest pilot who landed plane after engine failure

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Poverty remains a challenge for Paraguay as new president is elected

Read more

Wikipedia raises six millions dollars

Latest update : 2009-01-03

Jimmy Wales, founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia announced Friday that six millions dollars had been raised through donations since July 1, enough to cover operating expenses for the current fiscal year, ending June 2009.

AFP - Online encyclopedia Wikipedia announced on Friday that it had attained its fundraising goal of six million dollars, enough to cover operating expenses for the current fiscal year.
  
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said more than 125,000 people had donated a total of four million dollars since he made an appeal for funds on July 1.
  
"In addition, we've received major gifts and foundation support totaling two million dollars," Wales said in a thank you letter on the website of his non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.
  
"This combined revenue will cover our operating expenses for the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 2009."
  
Wales said the money would pay for "day-to-day operations: servers, hosting, bandwidth, our staff of just 23 people" and "continued development and improvements of open source software that powers all Wikimedia projects."
  
Wales said any further donations beyond the six-million-dollar goal would be placed in a "reserve fund, which will help us to offset operating costs beyond the current fiscal year."
  
"Your continued support will also serve as a much-needed financial safety net if economic conditions continue to worsen globally," he said.
  
In his donation appeal, Wales said that over the past eight years, more than 150,000 volunteers have contributed over 11 million articles in 265 languages to wikipedia.org.
  
"More than 275 million people come to our website every month to access information, free of charge and free of advertising," he added.
  
Wales's online encyclopedia allows anyone with an Internet connection to make entries and edit content.

Date created : 2009-01-03

COMMENT(S)