Charity Navigator rating
We received four stars from Charity Navigator—their highest rating
source: Charity Navigator
Transparency is a core principle of the Wikimedia Foundation, and we apply this to our financial reporting. We are proud to be recognized as one of the most transparent nonprofit organizations in the world. Our annual plan and operating budget are developed through open processes, subject to community feedback and board approval, and always available to the public for review.
"The Wikimedia Foundation is funded 100% by our donors. Their donations are incredibly important to the work of the Wikimedia Foundation, and we value our continuing relationship with each and every donor."
Lisa Seitz-Gruwell, Chief Advancement Officer
Direct support to websites
Direct support to communities
Administration and governance
32% Direct support to websites
Keeping the Wikimedia websites online is about more than just servers. It also includes ongoing engineering improvements, product development, design and research, and legal support. Wikipedia is one of the top 10 websites in the world, and it runs on a fraction of what other top websites spend.
43% Direct support to communities
The Wikimedia projects exist thanks to volunteer communities around the world that create and maintain them. We strengthen these communities through grants, programs, events, trainings, partnerships, tools to augment contributor capacity, and support for the legal defense of editors.
Wikimedia is supported entirely by donations. Fundraising technology and global payment tools enable us to receive financial support from millions of remarkable individuals and institutions around the world, that give to ensure that we have the necessary resources to continue our global mission
13% Administration and governance
We manage funds and resources responsibly to recruit and support skilled, passionate staff who advance our communities and values. Other top websites have thousands of employees. We have about 400 staff and contractors to support a wide variety of projects, making each donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.