San Francisco – The Wikimedia Foundation announced that it
has exceeded its $16 million fundraising goal to support the Wikipedia online
encyclopedia, with more than half a million donors offering an average of $22
The organization said its seventh annual fundraiser was its shortest and
most successful to date, reaching its goal in just 50 days.
Wikimedia Foundation chapters around the world separately raised millions of
dollars from hundreds of thousands of donors.
"In 15 days, Wikipedia will
turn 10 years old," Wikimedia Foundation head of reader relations Philippe
Beaudette wrote in a blog post.
"Since the beginning, Wikipedia’s
community of readers and editors have remained dedicated to keeping the site
ad-free, and free for use for its 400 million monthly visitors. This year’s success demonstrates a
continued commitment to those principles."