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Welcome to the website of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., an international non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of free content, multilingual, wiki-based projects, and to providing the full content of those projects to the public free of charge.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the parent organization of some of the largest collaboratively-edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the award-winning online encyclopedia. Other online projects include Wiktionary, a multilingual dictionary; Wikibooks, a collection of free content textbooks; Wikiquote, a repository of famous quotes; and Wikisource, a repository for primary source material.


The Wikimedia sites include Wikipedia, one of the top 500 most visited websites in the world tracked by Alexa.com, and numerous other projects in many languages. The primary use of our funds is to purchase the computer equipment needed to support these activities.

The Foundation relies on support from individuals like you. Please consider making a donation today.

To see how to best help the projects, see how you can help.

Latest news

  • July 2004: Membership: Plans are being finalised for the launch of Foundation membership.
  • Development: The latest official position appointed by the Board of Trustees was that of Developer Liaison. This title went to Tim Starling who will be the first point of contact between the directors and the development team.

Mission statement

The Wikimedia Foundation is dedicated to the development and maintenance of free, open-content, online encyclopedias, collections of quotations, textbooks and other collections of documents, information, and other informational databases in all the languages of the world. This content will be distributed free of charge to the public under an open-content license such as the GNU Free Documentation License written by the Free Software Foundation Inc., or a similar licensing scheme.

The goals of the foundation are to encourage the further growth and development of open content, social sofware and wiki-based projects, and to provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge.