Wikipedia has to receive donations $ 20 million (approximately EUR 15 million) around Christmas time. According to press officer Jimmy Wales it was the most successful fundraising in the history of the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, mother of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
“The number of donors has increased tenfold since 2008, while revenues have increased from 4.5 to 20 million dollars,” Wales wrote in a blog post.
This year, the Foundation uses donations for the purchase of servers and other hardware. In addition to the development of new functions and the expansion of mobile services will be funded. Part of the money flowing in the pipeline and in support of the great global community. The Wikimedia Foundation is planning expenditure of $ 28.3 million for 2011/12. It is the largest revenue recorded in the Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign during the Christmas season.
With over 20 million articles in 282 languages, Wikipedia the largest encyclopedia in human history. More than 100,000 volunteers working on the lexicon and its ten sister projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary and Wikibooks. Every month 470 million visitors access the content. On 15 January 2012 it is celebrating its 11th online encyclopedia Birthday.