San Francisco
– The Wikimedia Foundation announced on Tuesday that its annual fundraiser this
year raised just over $8 million, exceeding its goal of $7.5 million, with a
record more than 230,000 individuals giving donations, up from 125,000 a year

This year’s campaign — the foundation’s sixth — also brought in $2
million more than was raised during the 2008-09 campaign.

The average gift in
2009 was $33, although the Foundation also received a $500,000 challenge grant
from the Omidyar Network.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which counts a staff of 33
and provides technical, administrative, legal and outreach support to the
volunteer-run Wikipedia, said it will spend the funds on people and technology.


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