Wikimedia Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization, which operates the popular Wikipedia, announced yesterday that it raised $25 million in donations during its 2012 fundraiser. The campaign ran on the English-language Wikipedia site for nine full days and collected funds from 1.2 million people across U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
This is the organization's ninth fund raiser and funds from the campaign will go towards making sure that the user-driven encyclopedia stays ad-free. The donations will help "maintain server infrastructure, support global projects to increase the number of editors, improve and simplify the software that supports our projects, and make Wikipedia accessible globally to billions of people who are just beginning to access the Internet."
In 2011, it had raised $20 million in 46 days. The most-successful 24-hour period for donations this year brought in $2,365,564 million from 145,573 donors. Material used in this year's campaign will be used in another short fund raising drive which will seek donations from the rest of the world in April 2013.
To express its gratitude towards volunteer contributors, who are the core content generators of the world's largest encyclopedia, the Wikimedia Foundation has started a 'thank you' campaign with short videos that showcase some of the roughly 80,000 volunteer editors, photographers and free-knowledge advocates from around the world who regularly contribute to Wikimedia projects. The campaign started yesterday and will run through the end of the year.
The Wikimedia Foundation also started two other initiatives earlier this year. Wikidata, which is a machine-readable database that can be edited by anyone and Wikiemedia Labs, which will allow volunteers to contribute develop changes in its back-end infrastructure.
by John Gardner
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