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The Wikimedia Foundation raises $25 million in record time during 2012 Wikipedia fundraiser
27 December 2012 More than 1.2 million Wikipedia readers donated to keep Wikipedia and sister sites ad free and free to all. The Foundation has launched a thank you campaign to showcase the volunteer Wikimedians who make the projects successful.
Winners Announced in World’s Largest Photo Contest, Wiki Loves Monuments
3 December 2012 The international jury selected the top 15 photos from more than 350,000 photos worldwide, including the grand prize winner from New Delhi, India.
The Wikimedia Foundation launches ninth annual fundraiser to support Wikipedia and free knowledge
27 November 2012 The fundraiser brings in the resources needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language, and guarantees that Wikipedia will never have to rely on advertising.
The Wikimedia Foundation and Saudi Telecom (STC) partner to provide access to Wikipedia free of mobile data charges in the Middle East
14 October 2012 Service available immediately to STC customers in Saudi Arabia via Wikipedia Zero.
Participants in world’s largest photo contest -- Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 -- will upload images under free license for use on Wikipedia.
29 August 2012 U.S. participants join Wikipedians in more than 30 countries to document historic sites, monuments, and cultural heritage.
Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2012-13 Board of Trustees and Elected Officers at Wikimania in Washington DC
12 July 2012 The Wikimedia Foundation today announced recent appointments and elected officers for the 2012-13 Board of Trustees. Every year at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia contributors from around the world, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the coming year, and this year’s appointments were announced in Washington, DC.
Wikimania, the global Wikimedia/Wikipedia conference, comes to Washington, DC, July 12-14, 2012
30 May 2012 Wikimania is the premier annual, international gathering of the Wikimedia community, including experts, academics, and enthusiasts whose vision is to empower people around the world through free access to global knowledge.
Telenor and the Wikimedia Foundation partner to offer Wikipedia free to mobile customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe.
28 February 2012 Up to 135 million Telenor customers in Asia and Southeastern Europe with mobile access can access Wikipedia without incurring data charges.
Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation partner to offer Wikipedia in Africa and the Middle East at no extra cost
24 January 2012 More than 70 million Orange customers in Africa and the Middle East (AMEA) with mobile access can access Wikipedia with no data charges.
Statement from the Wikimedia Foundation regarding developments in Washington on SOPA and PIPA
20 January 2012 Comments from Sue Gardner in response to developments in Washington this morning.
Wikipedia blackout affirms overwhelming support for free and open Internet
18 January 2012 Millions “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge” and act to oppose SOPA/PIPA.
English Wikipedia to go dark January 18 in opposition to SOPA/PIPA
16 January 2012 The Wikipedia community has chosen to protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.
Wikimedia Foundation Rings In New Year With Record-breaking Fundraiser
2 January 2012 This year's annual campaign raised a record-breaking USD 20 million from more than one million donors in nearly every country in the world.
Brin Wojcicki Foundation Announces $500,000 Grant to Wikimedia
18 November 2011 The Brin Wojcicki Foundation has also funded such organizations as the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Wikipedia’s Contributors and Authors at the Center of Wikimedia’s Eighth Annual Fundraiser
16 November 2011 The annual fundraiser brings in critical revenue so that Wikipedia and its sister projects can remain freely available to people around the world. Funds raised in this campaign by Wikimedia and its regional chapters will be used to maintain Wikimedia’s server infrastructure and improve software, expand global reach, and provide direct support to a global volunteer community. The Foundation's total 2011-12 planned spending is $28.3 million USD.
Indigo Trust awards Wikimedia a Grant for Mobile Improvements
14 October 2011 Funds will go toward upgrading Wikimedia’s mobile platform, which will enable Wikimedia to better reach the millions of people in the developing world and low-income communities everywhere.
Stanton Foundation Awards Wikimedia $3.6 Million for Technology Improvements
5 October 2011 Grant will fund major investments in the technology infrastructure that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Wikimedia Foundation Announces 2011-2012 Board of Trustees and Elected Officers
3 August 2011 Announcement follows Board meeting at Wikimania, the annual gathering of Wikimedia volunteers in Haifa, Israel.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation renews $3 million commitment to Wikimedia
11 July 2011 Funds will support Wikimedia's strategic plan that focuses on increasing quality, the number and demographic diversity of its editors, and reaching more readers.
Wikimedia Foundation selects Watchmouse monitoring service
9 February 2011 “Live Health” of Wikipedia and additional websites now posted and updated in real time.
Wikipedia Celebrates 10 Years of Free Knowledge
12 January 2011 Wikipedia users and contributors mark the project's first decade with events around the world.
Half a Million People Donate to Keep Wikipedia Free
1 January 2011 $16 million raised by more than 500,000 individual donations during seventh annual giving campaign.

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Official chapters

The local chapters listed below are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation and vice versa. Local chapters and their representatives do not speak in an official capacity on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation. These contacts are only given for convenience of the press.

Wikimedia Argentina

Osmar Valdebenito
Exec. Director, A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
+54 911 3940 9502

Wikimedia Australia
Secretary, Wikimedia Australia

Wikimedia Austria

Christoph Breitler
(+43) 650 75 49 848

Wikimedia Czech Republic

Miroslav Langer

Wikimedia Denmark

Ole Palnatoke Andersen
(+45) 22 93 45 88

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. (Germany)
Catrin Schoneville
Press Secretary Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tel. +49 (0)30-219 158 26-0
Fax. +49 (0)180-5-227117-619

Wikimedia España (Spain)

Jorge Sierra

Wikimedia France

Adrienne Alix
+33 (0) 6 29 35 65 94

Wikimedia Hong Kong
Tango Chan 陳子恩
Press Contact
+852 9063-2515
Skype: tsugiko_n
Twitter: tsugiko
新浪微博/ Sina Weibo: tangochan

Wikimedia Hungary

Wikimedia India

Wikimedia Indonesia

Siska Doviana

Wikimedia Israel

Itzik Edri
(+972) 54 5878078

Wikimedia Italia

Andrea Zanni
President, Wikimedia Italia

Wikimedia Macedonia

Slobodan Jakoski (Слободан Јаќоски)
Deputy President for Public relations
+389 (0) 70 364960

Wikimedia Norway

Jarle Vines
President, Wikimedia Norge
+47 90 54 80 88

Wikimedia Netherlands
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Frans Grijzenhout
Voorzitter / Chair, Wikimedia Nederland
Sandra Rientjes
Directeur / Executive Director, Wikimedia Nederland

Wikimedia New York City

Richard Knipel

Wikimedia Philippines

Josh Lim
Secretary, Wikimedia Philippines
+63 (2) 812-7177

Wikimedia Poland
(+48) 22 219 56 94
Skype: search for Biuro Prasowe Stow. Wikimedia Polska.

Wikimedia Portugal
Béria Lima
(+351) 963 953 042

Wikimedia RU (Russia)
Vladimir Medeyko
Director, Wikimedia RU
skype: vladimir_medeyko
+7 921 9403979

Wikimedia Србије (Serbia)

Filip Maljković
+381 63 832 999 5

Wikimedia Suomi (Finland)
Tommi Kovala
+358 50 4411880
Skype: tommikovala

Wikimedia Sweden

Axel Pettersson
Mobil: 0730-595813

Wikimedia Switzerland (CH)
Frédéric Schütz (French, English)
Board member, Wikimedia CH
+41 (0)79 820 40 44
Patrick Kenel (German)
Project manager, Wikimedia CH
+41 (0)79 757 08 88
Ilario Salvatore Valdelli (Italian)
Board member, Wikimedia CH
+41 (0)76 482 13 71

Wikimedia Taiwan
Ted (Hsiang-Tai) Chien
Chairman, Wikimedia Taiwan
Twitter: htchien

Wikimedia UK
Jon Davies
Chief Exec, Wikimedia UK
+44 (0)207 065 0991
Stevie Benton
Communications Organiser
+44 (0) 20 7065 0993

Wikimedia Ukraine

Other regional contacts by language

The following individuals are long time Wikipedians. Some speak officially for the Wikimedia Foundation, others do not. However, all can provide you with an interesting interview, and insight into our projects. To obtain an interview contact for areas or languages not listed here, please talk to Jay at the Wikimedia Foundation office.

Catalan (Català)

J. Gustavo Góngora (Spain)

Chinese (汉语, Zhōngwén)

Tzu Chiang Liou (Taiwan)


David Gerard (United Kingdom)
+44 (0)77 3322 3584
Nicholas Moreau (Toronto, Canada)
Mark Pellegrini (Delaware, United States)
Dan Rosenthal (Washington, DC, United States)
Kat Walsh (Washington, DC, United States)
Member Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation

Finnish (Suomi)

Markku Seppänen (Finland)
+358 40 745 7314

Norwegian (Norsk)

Slovene (Slovenščina)

Jernej Polajnar
Public Representative

Spanish (Español)

J. Gustavo Góngora (Spain)
Juan David Ruiz (Chile)
Iván Martínez (México)

Turkish (Türkçe)

Tahsin Ozun (Turkey)
+90 (543) 841 9605