Katharine Pierce, who’s now 80, says she had a “childhood dependence” for answers on the Encyclopedia Britannica, which her parents bought for her family and kept in the living room. Today, she says Wikipedia holds a similar special role in her life and the lives of millions of other people who go online for Wikipedia’s wealth of knowledge. That’s why she’s a major donor to the WIkimedia Foundation. 


It’s a joyous privilege to support the Wikimedia Foundation as it offers infinite free knowledge to those fortunate enough to be online. In equal measure, I have heartfelt appreciation for Wikimedia’s focus on extending crucial access to learning — for the enhancement of human dignity, spreading the light of knowledge, the excitement of discovery — to the furthest corners of the earth.

– Katharine Pierce



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