"In a world jaded by "what's the catch?" I have been so pleasantly surprised by the unfettered access I have to a plethora of information, right at my fingertips, both thorough and concise, complete with bibliographies and source references, and all without so much as a pop-up or side-bar ad. Many's the time I've wondered "Why do they do it?" and "How do they pay for it?" Well now I know. You do it for the good of people like me, and now I can say you do it with the help of people like me."
"We are a family that live in the interior of Brazil in a very poor state. We have opened a learning center and work with local children from nearby villages. Wikipedia is invaluable for this work. The knowledge available to them on Wikipedia is a thread of contact with the 'outside world' and empowers them!"
"I will be 70 years young in a few weeks. As a retired print and broadcast journalist, writer and eternal student, I can only imagine what it would have been like to have had Wikipedia as a young person. I have used it as a springboard reference for many of the articles I write today. Donating what one can affords a feeling of having been a tiny part of Wikipedia's growth. At my age, it is good to be able to look far into the future."
"The ever expanding wiki community makes me very hopeful for the society my two year old will become a part of. It is fascinating to me, even now, that the long promised future of "information at your fingertips" is here, and thriving. And what makes it even better is that it isn't controlled by just a few, but rather it is being created and maintained by the masses."
"I am an educator and recent university graduate. Although some academia is inherently hostile to Wikipedia I stress to my students its importance as a source of general knowledge available to all. Knowledge is not the domain of profit and copyright. Wikipedia represents the democratization of knowledge free of borders, the state and the censor."
"My 7 year old son uses Wikipedia very often and I'm very glad we have this resource! I wish we had it when I was growing up!! :-) I hope it will continue to grow!!"
"Wikipedia is an invaluable resource for me during my work as a translator, a wealth of information at my fingertips maintained by specialists and enthusiasts in countless fields, and a triumph of the human spirit — proof of the amazing things that we can do when we work together with a noble ideal in mind. My donation is small, my appreciation is anything but."
"I have been using this website since I was 10 years old, and have had the pleasure of watching it grow and develop into one of the great treasure troves of knowledge of the modern world. Wikipedia has assisted the foundation of my high school and college research, helped flesh out my interests in the arts, and has made me a more learned person. The internet is the great hallmark of my generation, and I believe that Wikipedia has helped make it so."