We believe that knowledge is a foundation. It is a foundation for human potential, a foundation for freedom, a foundation for opportunity. Wikipedia is the world’s largest free knowledge ecosystem — a public trust for the common good — built by people, for people.
The Wikimedia Endowment provides dedicated funding to realize the power and promise of Wikipedia and its sister projects — ensuring access to knowledge for everyone, everywhere. One important way you can help Wikipedia prosper in the long term is by including the Wikimedia Endowment in your will, and joining us in ensuring the future of free and open knowledge. For more information or to make a gift, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We gratefully acknowledge the legacies of the following donors:
Timothy J. Cronin*
Tim Cronin was an avid Wikipedia and Wiktionary reader who used the sites as a first resort to learn about new subjects and to check pronunciations. He was inspired and moved by the Wikipedia vision statement, sometimes even reciting it out loud to his wife while looking up an article: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.” He was amazed at how accurate and complete so many of the entries were, and he decided to include the Wikimedia Foundation in his estate plans because he wanted to give back to the site he felt had given him so much.
During his time at Fresno State, Tim and his college roommate built their own PC, and Tim’s love of computers continued the rest of his life. Both at work and at home, Tim loved to be in front of a computer, reading and learning. He also enjoyed roller-skating, biking, photography and had his pilot’s license. Tim worked for Caltrans and was a licensed surveyor and a member of the Professional Engineers in California Government and the California Land Surveyors Association.
Hanna W. Hopp*
Frederick A. Miller III
Jim Pacha was a senior software engineer at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in Boulder, Colorado. A lifelong learner, he used Wikipedia every day. He left much of his estate to the Wikimedia Foundation to help ensure Wikipedia’s long-term viability and benefit other lifelong learners. “Wikimedia’s philosophy, with free education for everybody, is a great ideal”: he said.
Pacha, who was 66, advanced in his profession from an entry-level job as an assembler. Hard work and a commitment to mastering new skills keyed his career, he said. He always found time to enjoy his life, and to laugh with colleagues and strangers alike. “I tend to make light of things,” he said, “and people very much appreciate that.”
Read our full tribute to Jim Pacha and see a video clip of Jim speaking in his own words.
Colin A. Park*
Family and friends will remember Colin for his wonderful sense of humour, his quick wit and his ability to connect with others. He had an alert and enquiring mind and greatly valued the availability of knowledge through Wikipedia. Colin was a “seeker” and Wikipedia embodies much of what he valued including collaboration, transparency and ongoing, thoughtful self-improvement.
* = deceased
What is a Legacy Gift?
A Legacy Gift involves providing a future gift to the Wikimedia Endowment through your financial or estate plans. The gift does not cost you anything right now, but will be a future gift to the Wikimedia Endowment to help us preserve, build and ensure the future of free knowledge for future generations. The gift from your estate is exempt from U.S. federal estate taxes and ensures that your entire gift will support Wikipedia and its sister sites.
Who do I contact about making a Legacy Gift to the Wikimedia Foundation?
Please contact Kaitlin Thaney, the Director of the Wikimedia Endowment, at (415) 757-8574 or by email at email@example.com. Thank you for considering helping Wikipedia thrive for generations to come.
What do I need to say in my will to make a Legacy Gift to the Wikimedia Foundation?
Here is sample language that you can use in your will to make a Legacy Gift to the Wikimedia Foundation:
I give, devise, and bequeath [the sum of _____ USD (or other currency) OR _____ percent of the rest and residue of my estate] to the Wikimedia Endowment, ℅ the Wikimedia Foundation (tax identification number 20-0049703), a charitable corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida, United States, currently located at 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco, California, United States, to be used for its general charitable purposes at its discretion.
I already included the Wikimedia Foundation in my will. What should I do now?
Thank you very much for supporting the Wikimedia Endowment with a Legacy Gift. Please contact Kaitlin Thaney to discuss how you would like to be recognized for your generous gift. You can reach Kaitlin by phone at (415) 757-8574 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.