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Amazon donates $1 million gift to the Wikimedia Endowment to sustain free knowledge

For the third year in a row, Amazon has renewed its commitment to the Wikimedia Endowment, a permanent fund dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. With this gift, Amazon reinforces the importance of ensuring people everywhere can create and share free knowledge.  

With millions of students learning from home, teachers adapting their curricula to online education, and people looking for up-to-date information about the spread of COVID-19, the world has turned to Wikipedia as a critical source of knowledge during the pandemic. The need to conserve and expand the world’s largest free knowledge ecosystem has become even more acute. 

Corporate donations, like those from Amazon today, allow the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, to prepare for uncertain times and ensure Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects remain available for everyone to use, even during urgent crises. Companies regularly use Wikimedia projects and our freely-licensed content to power their work and further advance their goals. Commensurate support from these organizations helps sustain our projects and mission of delivering free knowledge to the world.

“Wikipedia is one of the largest and most beloved websites in the world, with hundreds of millions of people seeking information from its articles every month. The Wikimedia Foundation is committed to keeping Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects free and available to all, and gifts like this latest contribution from Amazon help us do just that,” said Amy Parker, Endowment Director at the Wikimedia Foundation. 

The Foundation has raised $64 million for the Endowment since its inception, thanks to gifts from generous individuals, corporations, and foundations donors.To learn more about how you can support the Wikimedia Endowment, visit www.wikimediaendowment.org or email endowment@wikimedia.org.

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